Dining Divas: Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro


Guests: Marilyn Park, wardrobe consultant for Doncaster; her daughter and business partner, Cathy Taylor; Sue Scotland, a Sacramento Children’s Home volunteer; her husband, Art Scotland, presiding justice for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District

Where: Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro, 5132 Arden Way, Carmichael; (916) 779-0727; pizzamatteo.com

Benefiting organizations: Sacramento Public Library Foundation and Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, a program of Sacramento Children’s Home

1-second review: “Very good for a nice pizza evening out,” said Sue Scotland; husband Art called it a “be-back restaurant.”

Ambiance: Not your typical pizza parlor, said Cathy Taylor, who liked the neighborhood charm and bistro food.

Dishing on the dishes: Lunchers agreed (a rarity) on their favorites: Bledsoe pulled-pork sliders; the namesake Matteo pizza topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, chorizo, bacon, four cheeses and spicy tomato sauce (“a pizza with pizazz,” said Diva Joan Leineke); and the traditional root beer float with enough straws to go around.

Wine time: Diva Bernice Hagen selected the wines: Frank Family 2007 Chardonnay  (because it goes with everything) and Ognissole 2007 Primitivo di Manduria, which she chose because Primitivo is “such a fun grape.”

Need to know: Matteo’s is the latest venture of Matt and Yvette Woolston, who built their reputation with high-end dinners at Del Paso Boulevard’s Supper Club. Server Anthony Pidcock kept the food coming.

Quote of the day
: Overheard by Cathy Taylor: “Everything is better with a fried egg on it.”

Chatter: At auctions, Art Scotland generally bids for lunch with the Divas, then lets wife Sue attend. This time, the justice decided to experience a Divas lunch for himself. His verdict? “Great company, great gossip and great fun.” Marilyn Park is not just a library supporter (she’s on the foundation board); she’s also a reader, with a stack of books going at any one time.

The Dining Divas—Gloria Glyer, Paulette Bruce, Bernice Hagen, Joan Leineke, Gayla Mace and Peg Tomlinson-Poswall—have been wining and dining together since 1993. Every month, they lunch at an area restaurant, taking as their guests people who placed winning bids at charity events. To date, they have raised more than $320,000 for local charities and nonprofits.