Espanol Restaurant

★★★☆☆

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Their Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp was to die for! Portion was huge. I was only able to eat about a third of it since I stuffed myself with the bread, soup, and salad that came before the main dish. Their decor is a little outdated (red checkered table cloths and plastic soup serving bowls) but other than that, service was great! The waitress was very hospitable and came by many times to check on our table. Highly recommend!

5
★★★★★

Their Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp was to die for! Portion was huge. I was only able to eat about a third of it since I stuffed myself with the bread, soup, and salad that came before the main dish. Their decor is a little outdated (red checkered table cloths and plastic soup serving bowls) but other than that, service was great! The waitress was very hospitable and came by many times to check on our table. Highly recommend!

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This haunt reminds me of the old neighborhood Italian restaurants on the east coast. Nothing fancy. Nice portions. Good, but not great italian.\r\n\r\nI eat there once or twice a year, always on a Sunday.\r\n\r\nIt's better than any chain Italian place. Worth a try. Either you'll like it or you'll be back at the Olive garden for all you can stuff in your face.

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★★★☆☆

This haunt reminds me of the old neighborhood Italian restaurants on the east coast. Nothing fancy. Nice portions. Good, but not great italian.\r\n\r\nI eat there once or twice a year, always on a Sunday.\r\n\r\nIt's better than any chain Italian place. Worth a try. Either you'll like it or you'll be back at the Olive garden for all you can stuff in your face.

Pros: The Soup

Cons: The overcooked pasta

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All these ""I am Italian"" reviews..... I am Sicilian and was taught to cook by my Grandma and Mother. We all enjoy this place. True, they do overcook their pasta which is a sin in italian cooking. Their soup is by far the best you will find in town. Wonderful flavor, it is really a great soup and they give you a lot of it. The meatsauce is not like I am used to from home, but its good. My favorite things on the menu are the meat ravioli and the garlic chicken. Both very good meals. If you are lucky enough to get to eat here when they have their signature ""Spumoni"" ice cream, its worth the meal just for that one scoop! Its egg nog & brandy flavor. They dont always have it sadly. This is not gourmet italian, its a comfortable, friendly, neighborhood place to have a nice meal and not break the bank. As one person said, its not the olive garden, the food is far better than a chain eatery. Give it a try.

2
★★★★☆

All these ""I am Italian"" reviews..... I am Sicilian and was taught to cook by my Grandma and Mother. We all enjoy this place. True, they do overcook their pasta which is a sin in italian cooking. Their soup is by far the best you will find in town. Wonderful flavor, it is really a great soup and they give you a lot of it. The meatsauce is not like I am used to from home, but its good. My favorite things on the menu are the meat ravioli and the garlic chicken. Both very good meals. If you are lucky enough to get to eat here when they have their signature ""Spumoni"" ice cream, its worth the meal just for that one scoop! Its egg nog & brandy flavor. They dont always have it sadly. This is not gourmet italian, its a comfortable, friendly, neighborhood place to have a nice meal and not break the bank. As one person said, its not the olive garden, the food is far better than a chain eatery. Give it a try.

Pros: Good Food, Usually Friendly Service

Cons: One strange waitress we always seem to get stuck with

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The taste wasn't terrible, but all of the pasta was overcooked...\r\nThe spaghetti, ravioli, & shell pasta in the minetrone were all overcooked.\r\nThe veal was overcooked & not exactly what i was expecting - still, it wasn't bad. (I tried the sauce, but ended up just eating the veal w/ lemon juice.) The veal wasn't the most tender either. The greenbeans that came w/ our dinner looked canned and way overcooked as well.\r\n\r\nThe best things were the salad & the flavor of the minestrone.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The taste wasn't terrible, but all of the pasta was overcooked...\r\nThe spaghetti, ravioli, & shell pasta in the minetrone were all overcooked.\r\nThe veal was overcooked & not exactly what i was expecting - still, it wasn't bad. (I tried the sauce, but ended up just eating the veal w/ lemon juice.) The veal wasn't the most tender either. The greenbeans that came w/ our dinner looked canned and way overcooked as well.\r\n\r\nThe best things were the salad & the flavor of the minestrone.

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The Minestrone soup is one of the best in town and is very consistent ALWAYS GOOD..not like some of the other Minestrone soups being served around town where they kinda miss some times (hate when that happens) Been coming to the Espanol for the past 10 years or so on and off and i like the consistency of the food... you can pick something off the menu that you favor and not be afraid to recommend it to a good friend down the road say a few years later..It will be the same...GOOD....Guess that's why they have been around for something like 80 years or so. The honest good food, old world charm, homey feeling and seasoned wait staff addressing regulars by first name sets this place apart from the other Italian restaurants in town...This is a place to let your hair down, bring the family or just some REAL good friends for some good home cookin' Italian Style.

2
★★★★☆

The Minestrone soup is one of the best in town and is very consistent ALWAYS GOOD..not like some of the other Minestrone soups being served around town where they kinda miss some times (hate when that happens) Been coming to the Espanol for the past 10 years or so on and off and i like the consistency of the food... you can pick something off the menu that you favor and not be afraid to recommend it to a good friend down the road say a few years later..It will be the same...GOOD....Guess that's why they have been around for something like 80 years or so. The honest good food, old world charm, homey feeling and seasoned wait staff addressing regulars by first name sets this place apart from the other Italian restaurants in town...This is a place to let your hair down, bring the family or just some REAL good friends for some good home cookin' Italian Style.

Pros: Great Value, Friendly environment

Cons: Some times very crowded.

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After enjoying many fine meals in the Sacramento area, I guess our luck had to run out eventually. I wish we had gone across the street to Albertson's deli. \r\n\r\nWe had the Sunday special, Veal Scallopini, and an ala carte Pesto Vermicelli. They nicely split both dinners. The only thing half-way decent was the Pesto sauce: fresh, but too heavy on the garlic, with very overdone pasta, like it had been sitting in the water for a half-hour. The veal had very little flavor and the sauce tasted like it came from a bottle. I really can't comment on the taste of the green beans that came with the Veal, because I avoid eating gray food. The bread was also flavorless and I don't think it could have been homemade. Why they served the limp french fries, I have no clue. \r\n\r\nWe did like the waitress, who gave excellent service, and she advised us against the dessert, saying it was left-over from Valentine's Day, 4 days prior. \r\n\r\nI'm hoping the resulting heartburn does not keep me up all night.

1
★★☆☆☆

After enjoying many fine meals in the Sacramento area, I guess our luck had to run out eventually. I wish we had gone across the street to Albertson's deli. \r\n\r\nWe had the Sunday special, Veal Scallopini, and an ala carte Pesto Vermicelli. They nicely split both dinners. The only thing half-way decent was the Pesto sauce: fresh, but too heavy on the garlic, with very overdone pasta, like it had been sitting in the water for a half-hour. The veal had very little flavor and the sauce tasted like it came from a bottle. I really can't comment on the taste of the green beans that came with the Veal, because I avoid eating gray food. The bread was also flavorless and I don't think it could have been homemade. Why they served the limp french fries, I have no clue. \r\n\r\nWe did like the waitress, who gave excellent service, and she advised us against the dessert, saying it was left-over from Valentine's Day, 4 days prior. \r\n\r\nI'm hoping the resulting heartburn does not keep me up all night.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

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Food is fair to middling and the staff are friendly, but the building is not wheelchair friendly. Don't plan to return.

1
★★★☆☆

Food is fair to middling and the staff are friendly, but the building is not wheelchair friendly. Don't plan to return.

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""this"" is Italian, in spite of the name. If you like large portions and leftovers for lunch the next day, this is your place. One of the few ""old"" Sacramento establishments left. \r\nThis is ""comfortable"" dining as it should be. Contrary to an earlier review, it is not: frozen, commissary produced food, just good old ""like Mama made it"" Italian. \r\nSure the room feels old, it is. The staff is ""seasoned"" as they should be. \r\nLike ah my Papa says ""you try it, you like it"" Manga.

2
★★★★★

""this"" is Italian, in spite of the name. If you like large portions and leftovers for lunch the next day, this is your place. One of the few ""old"" Sacramento establishments left. \r\nThis is ""comfortable"" dining as it should be. Contrary to an earlier review, it is not: frozen, commissary produced food, just good old ""like Mama made it"" Italian. \r\nSure the room feels old, it is. The staff is ""seasoned"" as they should be. \r\nLike ah my Papa says ""you try it, you like it"" Manga.

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My family and i have been coming here for years. The food is unbelievable and the service is always friendly and hospitable. The minestrone is a definate must have! If you love spaghetti and meatballs, theirs is the BEST! I have brought family from out of town on many of occasions and they have always been impressed with espanol!

1
★★★☆☆

My family and i have been coming here for years. The food is unbelievable and the service is always friendly and hospitable. The minestrone is a definate must have! If you love spaghetti and meatballs, theirs is the BEST! I have brought family from out of town on many of occasions and they have always been impressed with espanol!

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I am also a huge fan of ""Old School"" Italian food, but Espanol sure is NOT my choice. This restaurant has been around for years but is absolutely horrible. Most food, for lack of better words, comes either out of the freezer, can or box. One entree that is not on their menu is a cheeseburger...which is fabulous. The joke among my friends is ""take the Italian Girl to an Italian restaurant and she orders a cheeseburger, you know the food sucks!"" Sorry, but it does. Their Cheeseburgers are the bomb!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I am also a huge fan of ""Old School"" Italian food, but Espanol sure is NOT my choice. This restaurant has been around for years but is absolutely horrible. Most food, for lack of better words, comes either out of the freezer, can or box. One entree that is not on their menu is a cheeseburger...which is fabulous. The joke among my friends is ""take the Italian Girl to an Italian restaurant and she orders a cheeseburger, you know the food sucks!"" Sorry, but it does. Their Cheeseburgers are the bomb!

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Personally, I like the old-time feel of Espanol. It's like eating in my grandma's kitchen - with all the same decorations. the Minestrone soup is amazing and their sauce is the best I've had. If you're looking for a slick new restaurant with hip music and an attractive waitstaff, this isn't the place for you. But if you're looking for a classic italian restaurant with great food at great prices then head on over to Espanol. It ain't the Olive Garden.

2
★★★★★

Personally, I like the old-time feel of Espanol. It's like eating in my grandma's kitchen - with all the same decorations. the Minestrone soup is amazing and their sauce is the best I've had. If you're looking for a slick new restaurant with hip music and an attractive waitstaff, this isn't the place for you. But if you're looking for a classic italian restaurant with great food at great prices then head on over to Espanol. It ain't the Olive Garden.

Pros: food, prices, old-timey atmosphere

Cons: surly waitresses, parking

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This is what real Italian cooking is. Not this ""New age Italian food"" This is home cooked Italian food.\nI am Italian and this is as good as a resturant can make it.

2
★★★★★

This is what real Italian cooking is. Not this ""New age Italian food"" This is home cooked Italian food.\nI am Italian and this is as good as a resturant can make it.

Pros: a lot of food, a great value, Best real Italian fod

Cons: busy, not alot of parking

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When we first walked in we were greeted by trashy juke box music from the side that is the bar. We were seated in a corner table that was very close to another although with all the room they have I'm not quite sure why we were seated so close. The waitress was rude and we could visibly and audibly see her agruing with another elder waitress regarding spliting tips. She slopped our bowl of soup down on our table and we served ourselves from a plastic, melted, ladle. The italian dressing was tasted like pure vinegar and the wine tasted like it was from a box. Overall, I'd NEVER eat there again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

When we first walked in we were greeted by trashy juke box music from the side that is the bar. We were seated in a corner table that was very close to another although with all the room they have I'm not quite sure why we were seated so close. The waitress was rude and we could visibly and audibly see her agruing with another elder waitress regarding spliting tips. She slopped our bowl of soup down on our table and we served ourselves from a plastic, melted, ladle. The italian dressing was tasted like pure vinegar and the wine tasted like it was from a box. Overall, I'd NEVER eat there again.

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For not particular reason, we decided to try this place. Plus, it's always crowded. Good sign, right? Wrong. Apparantly, you lose your sense of taste when you get older, as evidenced by the hordes of retirees that flock to this establishment. Each of our party ordered a different dish; Every dish tasted the same because they used the same sauce - might as well have been out of a can. The fact that this place has stayed in business for so long is testament to the fact that Sacramentans have no taste. (See recent Sacramento Mag Reader's Choice awards). Without a doubt, the single worst restaurant at which I've ever eaten.

0
★☆☆☆☆

For not particular reason, we decided to try this place. Plus, it's always crowded. Good sign, right? Wrong. Apparantly, you lose your sense of taste when you get older, as evidenced by the hordes of retirees that flock to this establishment. Each of our party ordered a different dish; Every dish tasted the same because they used the same sauce - might as well have been out of a can. The fact that this place has stayed in business for so long is testament to the fact that Sacramentans have no taste. (See recent Sacramento Mag Reader's Choice awards). Without a doubt, the single worst restaurant at which I've ever eaten.

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Haven't had Italian food like this since the old Continental Restaurant down by the railyard on 3rd or 4th street back in the 1930's. Was a young fellow then, but I never forgot it. If you don't like the Espanol, you don't like Italian.\n Ken Harness Citrus Heights

2
★★★★★

Haven't had Italian food like this since the old Continental Restaurant down by the railyard on 3rd or 4th street back in the 1930's. Was a young fellow then, but I never forgot it. If you don't like the Espanol, you don't like Italian.\n Ken Harness Citrus Heights

Pros: everything

Cons: none

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Espanol is exactly what an Italian restaurant should be--the way the good neighborhood Italian places in my hometown of Syracuse, NY still are. Good smells, not too fancy, family-run, plenty of good hearty food, and NOT TOO EXPENSIVE!! Sac has its ""fancy"" Italian places. But when we'd go to an Italian place back East (like a good Mexican place here), we weren't looking for a fancy night out. It was supposed to be good, filling, reasonably-priced family fare. Like this.

2
★★★★★

Espanol is exactly what an Italian restaurant should be--the way the good neighborhood Italian places in my hometown of Syracuse, NY still are. Good smells, not too fancy, family-run, plenty of good hearty food, and NOT TOO EXPENSIVE!! Sac has its ""fancy"" Italian places. But when we'd go to an Italian place back East (like a good Mexican place here), we weren't looking for a fancy night out. It was supposed to be good, filling, reasonably-priced family fare. Like this.

Pros: Reasonable, Family place, Unique

Cons: Goofy name

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