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Crunchy lasagna? This hot Sacramento restaurant brings the texture

Lasagna at Amaro Bistro & Bar in Sacramento offers plenty of crispness.
Lasagna at Amaro Bistro & Bar in Sacramento offers plenty of crispness. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Everybody loves the crisped outer edges of a lasagna. So much so that world-renowned chef Mossimo Bottura came up with an all-edges concept for a dish he calls “The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna,” served at his restaurant in Italy.

Closer to home is the lasagna at Amaro Bistro & Bar, the hot new R Street Italian restaurant from the Shady Lady team. Chef Kevin Ritchie’s highly satisfying creation consists of thin layers of pasta, fontina and Orland Farmstead Creamery Ricottage (a ricotta/cottage cheese hybrid) cheeses and béchamel and Bolognese sauces. The lasagna’s top layer firms up in the regular oven before a further crisping in Amaro’s pizza oven.

For those who prefer their lasagna with squish, there’s still plenty of creamy softness at this one’s center.

$18. 1100 R St., Sacramento. 916-399-4145. www.amarobistrobar.com

– Carla Meyer

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