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I recently had a knockout chicken picatta at Fabian’s Italian Bistro, a charming family-owned restaurant in Fair Oaks. Opened in January of 2010, the restaurant offers a great variety of small plates and pizzas in addition to its handmade pasta dishes and Italian specialties. The picatta was lavishly doused in a luscious lemon butter white wine sauce, and was topped with sautéed spinach, sweet, teeny cherry tomatoes and capers – the best version of this dish I have tasted in years. Other impressive menu items we tried included the robust, upscale lasagna, whose fresh pasta layers were smothered with Bolognese and béchamel sauces and enlivened with caramelized onions; and a light, delicious herb-crusted shrimp scampi pasta. Note to parents: Fabian’s has a nice kids’ menu.