Elegant Noshing at Ella Dining Room & Bar

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I dropped into Ella Dining Room & Bar recently for a few quick nibbles and a glass of wine. The small dishes I tried were stunners – the wood oven-fired meatballs were bathed in a scrumptious roasted tomato sauce and topped with melted sheep’s milk ricotta; and chef Kelly McCown’s delicate, lovely yellowfin tuna carpaccio – sprinkled with teeny crispy potato bits and adorned with a vibrant fresh herb salad – featured a warm poached egg as a delightful (and comforting) pièce de résistance. I also savored a sparklingly fresh Little Gem and watercress salad, punctuated with candied hazelnuts; and a fabulous, creamy basil pesto ravioli.

1131 K Street, Sacramento; (916) 443-3772; www.elladiningroomandbar.com