After watching The Ides of March at the movies Saturday evening, my husband and I had dinner at another of the restaurants participating in the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, Michelangelo's. As you might guess from the name, Michelangelo's serves Italian fare, and they are offering a special vegan appetizer, entree, and dessert this month.
I ordered both the vegan appetizer and the vegan entree. The appetizer was Marinated Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Grilled Polenta and Mixed Olive Sauce. It was very tasty, and the flavors blended well together. The mixed olive sauce looked like a mostly tomato sauce, but the olives were a welcome addition.
The entree was Risotto Timballo, a pumpkin risotto encrusted with panko bread crumbs and filled with caponata sauce. The caponata sauce under the risotto seemed to consist mostly of tomato sauce, eggplant, and mushrooms, making it a very hearty dish. In fact, it was so hearty that I was too full to try the dessert, which was a fruit sorbetto.
These items are available on the dinner menu during the month of October, but if you're at Michelangelo's for lunch, you may be able to order them at lunchtime too, so check with your server.
Michelangelo's is located at 1725 I Street. Their phone number is 916-446-5012, and their website address is http://www.sacartz.com/. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.