Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

New restaurant combines Italian and American

DSC_8479e

AMERICANO GRILL Italian Bistro co-owners Raj Nouzari, left, and Denise Dorsett are ready to greet diners at the restaurant in Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

By
From page B5 | August 16, 2013 |

When it comes to Italian food, Raj Nouzari, co-owner and chef at the new Americano Grill Italian Bistro located in Town Center, knows best.

“Raj is an amazing cook. He makes incredible spaghetti and his Italian enchiladas and palermo are to die for,” said Denice Dorsett, Raj’s partner and friend.

Americano Grill Italian Bistro opened its doors on May 1 but Nouzari and Dorsett’s collaboration began long before that. Dorsett met Nouzari in 2007 when she was filling in for a friend who was a server at the Valencia Club, located in Penryn.

Nouzari owned the Valencia Club at that time and noticed Dorsett’s excellent people skills, and before long the match was made. The two signed on as partners and have been together ever since.

“We make a great team,” said Dorsett. “He likes to stay in the kitchen and I’m more of a people person, so it all works out.”

After leaving the Valencia Club in 2009, Nouzari and Dorsett opened Mooney’s Restaurant & Bar on East Bidwell, right across from the DMV in Folsom. Mooney’s did really well and was known for having the best burger in Folsom and beyond, but after the Palladio shopping center opened, business began to dwindle. The partners knew it was time to sell.

And that’s when the idea for Americano Grill Italian Bistro was born.

“Raj had seen this location in Town Center and really liked it,” said Dorsett. “Town Center needed an Italian restaurant, and that just happened to be one of Raj’s areas of expertise. It couldn’t have worked out better.”

 

Great food, great people

Customers at Americano Grill Italian Bistro are delighted by large portions, only the freshest of ingredients and friendly faces.

Nouzari goes to pick out his ingredients himself at a market in Sacramento every day and the restaurant grows its own herbs and tomatoes in season.

The restaurant also offers a bottomless mimosa brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, where customers can get more than just Italian food. They can also order chicken fried steak, crab Benedict, fresh crab cakes, omelets, bacon and more.

“I am always amazed at Raj’s eggs,” said Dorsett. “Never do you see any brown on his eggs. His eggs are perfect. It’s unreal that he can make them that perfect every time.”

In addition to the excellent food, great customer service is a given at Americano Grill Italian Bistro. Dorsett has had people follow her all the way from the Valencia Club, and she and Raj even make Christmas dinner for a couple from New Castle every year.

“I genuinely love people and will go out of my way for my customers and won’t even tell them I’m doing it,” said Dorsett. “When I do something, I do it without any ulterior motive. That’s just the way I am.”

For more information about Americano Grill Italian Bistro or to find out restaurant hours call 916-934-0887.

Comments

comments

Jessica Cyphers

.

News

 
District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

 
Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

 
Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

 
Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8

 
Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

 
Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

 
Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

 
Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5

 
Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

.

Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17