Two murals in Matsui Alley

Mural, by Josh: 20th and Matsui Alley. Still looking for some background on the mural and artist.

During yesterday’s visit to Federalist Public House, I captured two murals located nearby. All three locations (the murals and the restaurant) are within the same block in Matsui Alley. I really like both of them.

Chase Bank Mural, by Michelle Blade (2016): 21st and Matsui Alley

I love how dreamy this one looks, especially with the color combination the artist chose. It looks like Michelle Blade was commissioned not only for the mural on the outside but, the project continued on the inside of the Chase Bank building. You can see more pictures of the project on her website.

Federalist Public House

Me: I’m craving a wood-fired pizza.
Wife: Same.

Capitol: crushed tomato. mozzarella. cremini mushrooms. smoked pancetta. oregano. evoo. sea salt.

Federalist Public House has been on my list almost since the first day we arrived in Sacramento. I first saw their gorgeous wood-fired pizzas on their Instagram feed. Frankly, it’s a little mind-boggling that it has taken this long for us to try them.

Federalist’s front door: This place is made from 7 shipping containers, their front door (shown here) slides to the right.

We found ourselves in midtown in, well, mid afternoon. After getting a little pickup at nearby Pachamama Coffee (which I also highly recommend), we made our way to Federalist just before they opened, at 4:30 PM. Doors opened right on time and we were the second customers to order.

so much delicious comes from this oven.

I wanted to try everything. Their menu is that good. We opted for the Italian meatball sandwich and their signature Capitol pizza.

Italian meatball: cannonballs. mozzarella. grana padano. oregano. italian gravy.

The filling of this sandwich with, of course, the meatballs melted in your mouth. The warm, fluffy bread was the perfect compliment. How the wood-fired oven made this all come together was magic. The salad was amazing as well.

But the pizza… yeah, it was what we were looking for. Perfect flavor combination of cheesy and salt, along with that bubbly lightly charred crust. Just too good. We’re already planning our next meal there.