Auburn booms as a food, wine & art mecca

AUBURN HAS BEEN REVITALIZED and is no longer a “pit stop” on I-80 but a destination for dining and entertainment, as we’ve observed.
It has some top-notch restaurants and restaurateurs, such as Jim Bril’s Monkey Cat and Gary Moffat’s Carpe Vino; good ethnic food, like
Bobo Cafe for Vietnamese or Royal Thai; and Tre Pazzi Italian trattoria, [...]

Tre Pazzi: Authentic Italian cuisine in Auburn

“A TRATTORIA IS A HOME AWAY FROM home for many Italians,” writes Biba Caggiano in “Trattoria Cooking.” “Eating in a trattoria is like eating with an Italian family.”
Dishes include lasagna, pan-roasted chicken, mussels and fish, pizzas and pastas and charbroiled meats. The atmosphere is cozy, lively and festive.
Restaurants such as Felice a Testaccio [...]

Auburn revitalized for wining and dining

AUBURN — ONCE VIEWED AS A SPOT TO PULL OFF THE HIGHWAY for a quick bite to eat is now setting a gold standard for wining and dining in the foothills.
The area’s beauty and laid-back lifestyle has attracted chefs from all over. The restaurateur of Monkey Cat and tre Pazzi Trattoria comes from the San [...]

Monkey Cat: Foothill palapa dining

FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES, JIM BRIL helped run the word-famous Fior d’Italia restaurant in San Francisco. His regulars included Mayor Joe Alioto, Tommy Lasorda and Lance Armstrong.
Now Jim owns Monkey Cat restaurant in Auburn. He jokes that Lance will be visiting again—this time as he rides past the upscale bistro in the Amgen Tour [...]