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Formoli’s Bistro closes after 11 years in East Sacramento

Chef Aimal Formoli, center, talks with a customer in 2016 at Formoli’s Bistro in East Sacramento.
Chef Aimal Formoli, center, talks with a customer in 2016 at Formoli’s Bistro in East Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file photo

Formoli’s Bistro is no longer in business, according to employees cleaning up Friday morning after a raucous going-away party.

Husband-and-wife ownership duo and Sacramento natives Aimal Formoli and Suzanne Ricci opened the 10-table restaurant near 32nd and J streets in 2007, then moved it to 3839 J St. in 2011.

The Mediterranean-inspired New American bistro developed a reputation for close ties to its customers as well as moderately upscale food like the juicy whiskey burger. Several social media users penned farewell to Formoli’s after Thursday’s party.

Aimal Formoli was previously introduced as the head chef at Solomon's Delicatessen, a Jewish deli scheduled to open in an old Tower Records on K Street this summer. Formoli had initially planned to keep his own restaurant running as well, but appears to have changed his mind.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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