Real Food on I-80

TRAVELERS ALONG I-80 NEEDN’T SETTLE FOR fast food on their way to the Sierra and back. Some of the region’s best eateries are just off the highway. CAFÉ ZORRO This restaurant, just off I-80 at Loomis, is a longtime local favorite and worth a stop. Its menu features seasonal fare such as fish, chicken, meat, […]

The Sierra Foothills’ Pizza Heritage

ONE OF THE CULTURAL TRADITIONS BROUGHT TO the Gold Country by the Italian immigrants was the tradition of baking in stone ovens, popular for pizza-making. Around 100 stone ovens dot the countryside where the Italians settled, according to the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society. Stella Restaurant in Truckee has a wood-fired oven, along with Sierra Knolls’ […]

Expanding Eateries: Innovative, reasonable fare

THOUGH MANY RESTAURANTS, cafés and caterers have run into the economy’s buzz saw, we’re glad to tell you about some that are expanding in our region. They include Kane’s Family Restaurant in Grass Valley, Lefty’s Grill and Emily’s Catering & Cakes in Nevada City, Café Zorro in Loomis and Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, […]

Cafe Zorro: A Loomis favorite

CAFE ZORRO IS A LONGTIME FAVORITE with locals. But it also offers a convenient reprieve for ski travelers along I-80 and food lovers from Auburn to Roseville and beyond. The restaurant’s menu highlights seasonal specials—for fish, chicken, meat, salads and pasta—and it focuses on fresh, local ingredients. Its pizza is legendary, with a thin crust […]

Cafe Zorro celebrates five years

From Cafe Zorro in Loomis: February 1, 2007, the former Zorro’s Villa Rosa underwent an official name change and ownership change and Cafe Zorro was launched. We inherited quite a tradition with Zorro and his legacy through the years in Placer County. We wanted to be able to capture the essential parts that had made […]

Good Eats along I-80 this winter

A WINTER JOURNEY UP THE INTERSTATE for skiing, snowboarding or tubing (or west-bound for warmer weather) doesn’t mean you have to compromise when it comes to a road stop for lunch or dinner. Just like the old Route 66, you can “get your kicks” and enjoy fresh, local and well-prepared food along I-80 between Sacramento […]

Cafe Zorro: A Rogue Trattoria

THOUGH PACKED WITH LOCALS, CAFÉ Zorro is also just minutes from I-80, making it an easy stop for visitors. You can enjoy fine dining and get back on your journey. Don’t let the restaurant’s tucked-away location fool you: Its menu would hold its own in any food obsessed city. “We reach across culinary boundaries to […]