September 27, 2011
Ettore's lands former chef of Selland's Market-Cafe

In this latest news on the local chef's scene, a change recently went down at Ettore's, the Fair Oaks Blvd. bakery and restaurant that also makes one of Sacramento's best burgers. Pedro Depina, the former executive chef of Selland's Market-Cafe, started Monday as the new executive chef at Ettore's (2376 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; 916-482-0708). Depina also served as the executive sous chef for Ella Dining Room & Bar, before heading about a year ago to Selland's to lead its kitchen. Depina's resume also includes an eight-year run at Biba.

"It was a great opportunity that presented itself," said Depina. "To be the best, you have to work with the best and (owner Ettore Ravazzolo) is the best pastry chef in town. I'm excited to come and work with him."

At Ettore's, Depina plans to focus more closely on local and seasonal ingredients and also strive to make the restaurant as much of a destination as its bakery. The burger, which comes on a signature bun embedded with cheese and scallions, will remain untouched.

"If it's not broken, I'm not going to fix it," said Depina. "But I think I'm going to lighten up a few dishes and add my own twist, and for the most part keep it seasonal. In the fall I'm going to do a lot of braised and home-style dishes, and keep it rustic with a seasonal product-driven approach."

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