by Kelly Soderlund
Photography by Dante FontanaI’m kind of breakfast person—I literally wake up hungry. But honestly, it really doesn’t matter to me what time it is; I just love breakfast food. Luckily for me, Café Americano serves breakfast all day. (Well, until their 3 p.m. closing time, that is.) Located next to California Family Fitness on Foothills Boulevard, this family-owned eatery opened in March, thanks to husband-and-wife duo Ralph and Caterina Muhareb. Ralph has been a professional chef for more than 15 years, previously working in a number of Italian restaurants and breakfast spots throughout the Fresno region. And it shows.
I visited the quaint café on a recent Sunday afternoon, hankering for my favorite breakfast item: a ginormous, generously filled omelet. Café Americano offers a staggering 17 (!) varieties, each made with three fresh, extra large eggs and served with your choice of a muffin, toast or biscuits and gravy, and hash browns or home-style potatoes. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally settled on their fluffy Mediterranean version. Loaded with sautéed spinach, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms, then topped with feta cheese, this was one omelet that left a certain breakfast connoisseur completely satisfied.
My dining partner chose a more traditional lunch selection, opting for the crispy chicken salad, a mélange of deep-fried chicken pieces, diced bacon and tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, green onions and olives.
Beyond their large and varied breakfast, lunch, senior and kids’ menus, Café Americano also serves Peet’s Coffee (be sure to check out their popular espresso bar), as well as homemade scones, cupcakes and other goodies. The word on the street is that the “neighborhood favorite” breakfast items are Café Americano’s homemade eggs Benedict and the corned beef and hash, which sounds just-tempting enough that this omelet lover may have to expand her repertoire.
Café Americano - Roseville, CA