For our Midtown Sacramento adventure #2, I asked for restaurant recommendations on Facebook and got some awesome suggestions. We decided to try a totally new place that I’d never heard of called Paesanos. What sold me on this was one look at the menu. Bocce balls (lightly fried balls of pizza dough smothered in garlic butter, parmesan, and basil) and polenta fries (served with balsamic ketchup and gorgonzola sauce)?? Yes please!! We ended up ordering the polenta fries and a pancetta and prawn panzanella (a special that night). Wow, were these good. The polenta fries were so fun and different. And the gorgonzola sauce?!? Yum. Have to say I wasn’t crazy about the balsamic ketchup, which is pretty odd since I love both balsamic vinegar and ketchup. Weird. And the panzanella? Oh that was tasty. If you’re not familiar with panzanella, it’s basically an Italian salad which consists of chunks of bread and tomatoes and other veggies. This tasted so light, fresh, and summery. Good choice! (And by the way, I had to try making my own panzanella at home. Check out Smitten Kitchen’s Summer’s Last Hurrah Panzanella! It’s delicious!)

polenta fries + gorgonzola sauce = deliciousness


does this picture even need a caption?!

And for dessert? Thank you, Yelp, for pointing out this little jewel. Devine Gelateria has definitely become one of my favorite places. I fell in love with this place at my first glance in the gelato case; it looked legit. It’s the most authentic gelateria I’ve been to in the area, and probably outside of Italy. Did you know that you can go to gelato school in Italy?? (that was news to me) The owner spent time in Italy – at gelato school – and totally knows her stuff. Her baked goods are pretty great too. The waffle cones? Best I’ve had. I would try to tell you what flavors I enjoyed that night … but I honestly couldn’t tell you. I think it was bananas foster and dark chocolate, but seeing as how I actually went here 3 times in less than 2 weeks, it’s hard to recall. 🙂

Mmmmm … gelato.

Next on the agenda … The Little Mermaid. Oh boy, was I ever excited. As a kid, I just loved this Disney movie. I was so excited to see the play. I couldn’t wait to find out how they would do the water scenes and make everyone “swim.” Well I was blown away. They did such a fantastic job, and the girl who played Ariel was amazing. She sounded so much like the voice in the Disney version; I just loved it. Everything from the music to the costumes to the set design was incredible. It was truly a feast for the eyes.

This was such a fun night, and I felt like such a little kid. I mean, we’re talking an ice cream cone and The Little Mermaid. Could this night have gotten any better?!? I submit that it could not.