Hi! This will be my first trip to CA. I'm landing in Sacramento at 9 pm on a Wednesday night. I'll want to eat right away!! Although I want really great food (of course) I also don't want to have to find my way around a brand new city when I'm bleary-eyed from travel. I'll be headed toward Lake Tahoe. What can you recommend that's an easy drive from the airport, and going in the right direction?
We are Italian restaurant deprived here at home, so that would be our first choice in cuisine. Otherwise, anything goes except sushi (we love it, but we eat it all the time at home.)
On Saturday, I'm catching the midnight flight home. I'll be driving back from Tahoe, so I have a lot more luxury of time to chase after the best thing going. We don't mind spending some cash, but we don't really care for formal,white-table cloth,"special-occasion" type places. Something funky but fabulous would be great. Something with a seasonal/local "I've never been to Napa" vibe would also be good. I don't think I can talk my husband into driving all the way to Yountville....but if there's something spectacular if we go West of the airport a bit, please tell me about it.