For the first time since it opened in the spring of 2004, Masque Ristorante at El Dorado Hills is serving lunch. True, the casual Cantinetta at Masque, part of the same operation, has been serving lunch since early on. There, however, the fare has been running to paninis, frittatas, pizzas, salads and similar light dishes.
The lunch menu in the restaurant proper is a slightly abridged version of the dinner menu. In the fall, that means such dishes as ravioli filled with squash and finished with a walnut sauce, risotto with autumn mushrooms, and braised lamb shank. Masque Ristorante is open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The format and hours for the Cantinetta at Masque are unaffected by the addition.