New Yorkers feel at Home in Dominick’s

Counter Culture: New Yorkers would feel at home in Dominick’s
Source: The Sacramento Bee
By Allen Pierleoni
Published: Jan. 29, 2010

We were inside Dominick’s New York Pizza & Deli in Folsom, taking in the aroma of pizza bubbling in the stone oven, looking around the spacious, expertly decorated room. We liked what we saw.

“You are absolutely transported into an upscale New York pizzeria-delicatessen,” owner Dominick Bellizzi said on the phone later. On one of our visits, a cook behind the counter was tossing pizza dough high in the air and deftly catching it, a rare sight at local pizzerias. “A family was in here and the kids were saying, ‘Look, Dad, he’s throwing it into the air!’ ” Bellizzi recalled with a chuckle.

On another visit, we spotted an item seen on the menus of very few Italian restaurants: arancini (“little oranges”) or rice balls. Risotto is cooked, seasoned and formed into orange-size balls, then stuffed with meat, cheese and peas, dipped in egg wash, coated with bread crumbs and fried. The dish dates to 10th century Sicily, and we wondered how the arancini made in those days would stack up against these. [Read more…]

Dominick’s Expands to Pizza Territory

Counter Culture: Dominick’s expands to pizza territory
The Sacramento Bee
By Allen Pierleoni
Published: August 14, 2009

Got a call from Dominick Bellizzi the other day with some good news, mostly for those who live in the Folsom area.

You’ll recall that Bellizzi and his wife, Raquel, landed in Sacramento by way of New Jersey and opened the excellent Dominick’s Italian Market & Deli in 2004 (8621 Auburn-Folsom Road, Granite Bay; 916-786-3355 or They followed that by expanding into the space next door with Dominick’s Italian Trattoria, which serves heartier food from a bursting menu (pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, steak).  Now Bellizzi plans to open Dominick’s New York Pizza & Deli in the space vacated in July by Mama Ann’s Italian Market & Deli (187 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom). [Read more…]

A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True
Bellizzis open Italian Trattoria, addition to Italian Market and Deli
Granite Bay View
By Brenda Meadows

“When the food is genuine and the vino divine, you’re at Dominick’s,” I sang to the tune of “That’s Amore.” Meanwhile, Dean Martin crooned through speakers at the new Italian Trattoria that Dominick and Raquel Bellizzi added to their Italian Market and Deli, 8521 Auburn-Folsom Road in the Village Shopping Center. [Read more…]

Granite Bay Boasts a Slice of Italy with Dominick’s

Granite Bay boasts a slice of Italy with Dominick’s
Counter Culture: Deli’s the Real Deal
The Sacramento Bee
By Allen O. Pierleoni – Assistant Entertainment Editor
Food & Ambience: 4 Stars!

Raquel and Dominick Bellizzi own and operate Dominick’s Italian Market & Deli in Granite Bay. Italy has given the world Leonardo and Michelangelo, the Ferrari and the Lamborghini, Fellini and Rossellini, Loren and Lollobrigida, haute couture and the cheery notion of nine rings of hell.  We would like to add the Italian delicatessen to that impressive list. The true Italian deli – found mostly in New York and New Jersey, and scattered around San Francisco – serves Italian cuisine and items imported from the old country, of course. But it also acts as a cultural center for its patrons. It’s often a stage for passionate conversation and customers connecting with others of similar heritage and interests, a social setting where the local news and gossip are shared. Don’t forget, many such delis are very much parts of their immediate neighborhoods. [Read more…]