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The Hot List: 6 Fiery Foods

Spice things up with these mouthwatering, lip-smacking, tear-inducing peppery plates. In no particular order…

The Chilli Porotta from Porottas in Roseville will definitely put some pep in your step. Porottas are layered flatbreads from India that are usually disk-like but torn here into smaller pieces and mixed together with a blend of fried onions, tomatoes, and chili powder—the spicy kind. It’s the perfect thing to shovel into your mouth when you have the need for some heat.

Chilli Porotta from Porottas


With names like Fire Dragon, Spicy Heaven, and Dynamite, you’re certainly likely to find something to satiate those chili cravings at Umi Sushi in El Dorado Hills. After you’ve sampled the above, try the Hot Lady. With spicy tuna, crabmeat, jalapeños, eel sauce, wasabi, and Sriracha mayo, you’ll soon learn that this roll means business. Consider yourself warned.

The Hot Lady from Umi Sushi


When you think Italian, I’m sure “spicy” isn’t the first word that comes to mind but Visconti’s Ristorante in Folsom makes a mean Spicy Spaghetti alla Cacciatore that’ll have you thinking differently. They serve up chicken breast, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions sautéed in a silky marsala wine sauce that has quite the kick to it. Is that drool I see?

Spicy Spaghetti alla Cacciatore from Viscontis Ristorante


How do you make a brie burger better? Toss in some jalapeños. BarnBurner in Rocklin does just that to their Spicy Brie Burger. A third of a pound of grass-fed meat is served with brie, candied bacon, sautéed onions, said jalapeños, spring mix, and a piquant Sriracha barbecue sauce. Salty, sweet, spicy, it deserves all the superlatives you could possibly think of.

Spicy Brie Burger at BarnBurner


If you’re feeling particularly ravenous, China City Restaurant in Cameron Park makes an over-indulgent special called Hunan Three Delights, consisting of beef, scallops, and shrimp. This triple threat comes cooked in a spicy sauce, tossed with veggies, and is the best thing to eat if you want to stay full, and satisfied, till tomorrow. 530-672-9888

China City Restaurant in Hunan Three Delights


Wally’s Pizza Bar in Cameron Park makes a Thai Curry Chicken Pizza with sweet curry sauce, roasted chicken, yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, red onions, creamy mascarpone cheese, and a hint of fresh lime, basil, and cilantro. It’s got an array of colors, flavors, and textures and is a treat in itself. But, take it up a notch and ask for it spicy. Just like that, you’ve added another dimension to an already perfect pizza.

Thai Curry Chicken Pizza at Wally's Pizza Barn


By Tara Mendanha
Visconti's Ristorante, Chilli Porotta, and China City Restaurant photos by Dante Fontana.