April 18, 2011
Paesanos in midtown turns 15, and the dining deals are on

Paesanos restaurant in midtown has turned 15, and in celebration it's offering a menu of specials from now through April 30. Included are price rollbacks, dining and drink specials, prize giveaways and more.

"We want to thank Sacramento for 15 great years, and hope we get 15 more," restaurateur Dave Virga said on the phone.

Go to for details. The restaurant is at 1806 Capitol Ave., (916) 447-8646.

Amid all that pasta at the two Paesanos, what's Virga's go-to dish? "I'm a traditional guy, so it's the tutto mare bianco - penne pasta with shrimp, garlic, tomatoes, lemon, white wine, spinach, oregano and marinara sauce, topped with garlic bread crumbs and Parmesan," he said. "It's on our 'underground menu,' so you have to ask for it."

We've always liked what Virga and his business partner-chef, Mark Scribner, have done at their Italian restaurants. Let's see, there's that Paesanos in midtown, Paesanos in Elk Grove (8519 Bond Road, 916-690-8646), Pronto (1501 16th St., Sacramento, 916-444-5850) and two Uncle Vito's New York pizzerias (1501 16th St., Sacramento, 916-444-3699, adjoining Paesanos; and 524 Second St., Davis, 530-758-3000).

Are we full yet?

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