Italian restaurants can vary wildly from Pizza Hut to being so authentic that it’s hard to recognize anything on the menu. At La Vecchia, Chef Alberto Gazzola brings Italian family tradition and training to Reno! But, like most awesome chefs, Alberto adds a twist to his dishes so that patrons leave with a new appreciation of old northern Italian favorites and a taste for his unique creations! Some favorite choices include appetizer carpaccio classico (mignon, served with arugula, capers, parmesan, lemon juice and olive oil) or linguine vongole veraci—linguine with clams and your choice of garlic white wine sauce or flavorful tomato sauce. There are salad options too and for those that want to bring La Vecchia’s food out of the restaurant, they do cater! They’ll even host private events in the restaurant as their beautiful décor really shouldn’t be missed.
Johnny’s Ristorante was started back in 1966 by Johnny and Mary Cassinari. Their goal was simple: bring the best Italian cuisine to Reno. Nearly 50 years is a testament to the Cassinari’s recipes and now, second generation owner Louis keeps up the tradition of fine food and beautiful dining passed down from his parents! Johnny’s Ristorante serves Reno a wide variety of dishes ranging from Calamari Fritti as an appetizer to Linguine con Gamberi e Asparagi for a main entrée! They have some great choices in desserts, too, or for those who want something in a cup, they have espresso and the Italian Steamer—steamed milk with your choice of flavors added. Johnny’s may not be the least expensive place to eat in Reno, but with amazing food, wonderful presentation and beautiful ambiance, it’s well worth a visit!
The clean white linen tablecloths at Bella Italia sit like yet-to-be-painted canvases. The restaurant’s chefs, or culinary painters, if you will, use Italian recipes to put a little beauty on display. And their palette’s hardly skimpy—16 pasta entrees form the core of the extensive menu, anchored by fusilli with pesto and rigatoni with sausages and vegetables. Ravioli, risotto, and seafood dishes such as salmon with lemon and capers complement the primary color that is the restaurant’s pasta selection. To boot, the kitchen prepares seven veal entrees, one for each veal entree Napoleon attacked with his fork during his Elba exile.
Every morning, the pie professionals at J.J.?s hand toss the dough for pizzas that have been recognized on the Metromix Best of Reno list. For over three decades, the experts have piled their traditionally crafted disks of dough with toppings such as lingui?a sausage, chorizo, and artichoke hearts in their location near the University of Nevada. Diners can also sink their teeth into cold subs laden with smoked turkey and pastrami, alternating bites with swigs from rotating draft beers such as Fat Tire. While eating, guests can try their luck at five poker machines that have no way of knowing if a card is hidden up your sleeve.
Made from a recipe honed for nearly four decades, Pizza Baron’s nutrient-rich dough supports a cornucopia of fresh toppings, such as mushrooms, imported anchovies, and Italian sausage. Alongside slices, patrons can savor heaping piles of regular and boneless chicken wings fried in cholesterol free vegetable oil. Hearty spaghetti dinners join crispy fried sides and spare ribs as patrons take in sports broadcasts and reruns of old lottery drawings on Pizza Baron’s big screen TV. From its headquarters within the Keystone Shopping Center, Pizza Baron chefs also assemble varied bites to cater private events.