Featured: Inside Sacramento – Downtown
Their mission was to build a place where delicious pizza brings people together. Their motto became tutto e possibile—anything is possible. The formula worked. Anything is possible at Hot Italian. Consider the Bortolami, a celebration of house-made fennel sausage, seasonal mushrooms, tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella and treviso radicchio. Or the Fiori, which combines prosciutto parma, mozzarella, mushrooms, tomato sauce, arugula and Bariani truffle oil. Beyond its remarkably inventive pizza, Hot Italian celebrates a joy for life. The Downtown Sacramento restaurant is filled with friends eager to celebrate spontaneity in art, music, design and sports. The owners are Andrea Lepore, an Italian-American from a family of artists, and Fabrizio Cercatore, an artistic pizzaiolo, or master pizza maker, from the Italian Riviera region of Cinque Terre. They built a European-style community gathering place, where soccer matches and cycling events play on monitors and Vespa scooters supplement the space. Gelato in flavors like caramel salato, chocolate orange, limon, peanut butter chip, stracciatella and white mint chip complete the magic.