Founded in 1986 and located in Sacramento, Calif., Biba is a restaurant offering Italian cuisine, including appetizers, entrees, salads, and wine and ... More
Founded in 1986 and located in Sacramento, Calif., Biba is a restaurant offering Italian cuisine, including appetizers, entrees, salads, and wine and beverages. Its menu includes beef carpaccio with roasted cherry tomatoes, honey glazed, grilled chicken with black pepper, and garganelli with ham and peas. Its menu also includes stuffed pasta, linguine with tomatoes, pan-fried New York steak, skewers of grilled prawns, grilled chicken breasts and roasted baby sheets with arugula. The restaurant has received reviews from Gourmet Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Conde' Nast Travelers and the Wine Spectator. Biba also offers a large selection of fine red, white and sparkling wines.
We had been to Bibas before and it was nice. It was my fiancees birthday 09/19/. We arrived at 5:30, there was 4 of us, myself, my fiancee', his mom and dad. Both parents are in their late 80's. We were greeted and orders taken. We had told the wait person it was a birthday celebration. We got our soup, that tasted like watered down marinara sauce. Our dinners didn't get to us until past 7pm. The food was not what we expected at Bibas. We were pretty much ignored. We had to get back by 8pm and we needed to take our desert, which was part of the special but because it would melt two us us decided not to have any and two of us ate it very quickly. No one even said have a nice birthday or did anything special! Biba just walked by and ignored us. We are respected people in the community and to be treated in such a way was just not called for, We will never come back and will never recommend Bibas to anyone. Tell Biba we are sorry for this but she should not take things for granite and should make sure that all guest are treated with good service respect and are taken care of on a night that should have been special but was a very un happy experience for all of us.
Wanted to take the time to let you know of the authentic food I have enjoyed here for many years now. Being Northern Italian, it is always great to find a place that serves up the kind of food that I am used to.
And no one can do it better. The service is world class, and always great to see same faces. Tells me that the staff is taken care of along with them taking care of the restaurant.
After reading all the reviews, I realize that people get so blinded by the medias reality of Italian Food! It is not Pizza and big plates of pasta!!! Bologna where Biba is from is a refinded area that uses food that is grown there! As with all other regions of Italy! For all you worldly writers who acuse her of not being true Italian...Wake up and get educated!!
Her food is as true as it comes to Bologna and surrounding areas.. If you knew anything about Italian food, yes they eat in courses at times and don't eat until there is no room for more!! They socailize and walk the town unlike AMERICANS!! They have their salad at the end usually....instead of a huge slice of cake!!
As with any restaurant you might hit and miss on an item...That is probably true at Biba as well. But her Fried Calamari to her homemade pasta!! There is no world other than Fabulous! Her Lasagne is home made, and time intensive. Go home and make 8 layers of Spinach noodles and Bechemel Cream and a TRUE Bolognese Meat Sauce and put it together and see how long it takes!!! Especially when you have to make 200 oreders of it!! That is why it is only offered on Thursday and Fridays!!
From her appetizers to salads to pasta, main courses and her desserts. Biba is still the GEM of Sacramento. For those of you who think you know Italian Food, think again. She travels back and forth twice a year and her cookbooks and restaurant reflect this.
For those of you that are fans BRAVO and I think you know who you are!
For those of you that are ignorant to leave a 1 star. Olive Garden is your true Italian Restaurant.. I know for a fact, they put a spoon in their pasta bowl and serve warm bread and put dipping sauces on the table. In which if you have been to Italy.... That is something that is unheard of. Olive oil and Balsamic on the table is usually for your salad, not to put on a plate a slop up on bread!!! We Americans did that!! People of Italy know how to swirl a spaghetti noodle on a fork, break fresh crusty bread with family and enjoy their olive oil in their food!!
Just like Biba!
My husband and I went to Biba's on December 13th to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary and we took our kids ages 17,10, and 2. We had reservations at 5:30 on that Saturday.I've always wanted to go there for dinner since I read so much about Biba and her restaurant. I read the story of how wonderful she is to her employees even paying for one employee who I believe works in the kitchen to dine there with his family. It was very touching. Well we enjoyed the food but the service was not so great. When we walked in we realized that we were the only ones with kids and the rest of the patrons appeared to be upper crust snots and the waiters/waitresses were kissing their behinds with their fake laughs. We had to wait quite a while to be serviced and the funny thing is we were in the middle of all the other tables so it's very hard to miss us. This one older white waiter gave us rude looks yet smiled and laughed with the other diners. We are the average American family with well behaved kids having a nice dinner. We felt so out of place yet made fun of the situation so we could relax and enjoy ourselves. We paid in cash and left a nice tip because we have class. We left there in a hurry and went to J and 19th street to have our dessert at Peet's Coffee & Tea and felt right at home with the people sitting in and outside with there hot drinks chatting and being REAL people and a peaceful protest on the corner to end the war in Iraq. Never again will we give our well earned money to a place that put their noses in the air and treat everyday people the way we were treated.
I think the reviews that are unflattering to Biba were written by people who forgot to take their Zoloft! Biba is the queen of Sacramento restaurants. I hadn't visited Biba in 3 years and when we arrived I immediately remembered what I had been missing.
I was served 3 of the most memorable courses I have ever had. The lentil soup was so flavorful, so delicious I wanted to lick the bowl clean. The lasagna is like homemade, absolutely the best you will ever have in a restaurant. And finally the veal cutlets were cooked perfectly and served with the most delicious mashed potatoes. The entire meal was flawless. The portions are more than adequate. I left feeling like I needed bigger pants, and I am no small person.
Visit Biba and enjoy a meal that you will not forget.
TRUE ITALIAN !
MAKE YOU WANNA SAY AAAAMEN!
My first visit to the restaurant...Biba's cuisine is Italian.... Not the red-sauced & soaked americanized version...The decor was unspectacular but adequate...Our server was attentive and provided top-notch people pleasing skills. Our table of three had appetizers and mains...the food was fixed simply with an emphasis on showcasing our selection's ( lamb, rabbit, seafood) ability to stand on their own with very little embellishment...just good food with flavors that rang true....Is it worth all the hype, probably not...but still a very nice meal....Sacramento has grown in terms of fine dining (yeah!) and now Biba's is not the only game in town....
Biba Restaurant in Sacramento was terrible. It was the first time in my life that I had to send back unedible food. The Duck was awful, neither my boyfriend or I could get down a single bite. So the I tried the chicken, which was not terrible, but very greasy and not tasty. The portions are a joke... not that you'd even want that much of this food. Plus the atmosphere was too loud to be a romantic restaurant... and without the promised pianist. The service and the wine was pretty good. But the food was the worst I have ever had... and the most I have ever paid. We had to get dinner someplace else AFTER Biba because we were unsatisfied and still hungry... but were out over eighty dollars.