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Some picks from Reno and Sparks
By Amelia CalvertSpecial to Metromix
January 4, 2009
For a real Italian experience, visit Chef ’Berto at this Reno restaurant. The ambiance is warm and welcoming; the food is straight from an Italian kitchen and the full bar, decked out with vintage Ducati memorabilia, feels a lot like Bologna. Don’t miss the Ravioli di zucca e ricotta – Pumpkin ravioli – with sausage and brown butter sage sauce.
This neighborhood restaurant is a local favorite. They take their food and wine seriously, but the atmosphere is light and fun. The staff knows the regulars and treats diners like neighbors, even if it’s your first time. Smallish portions allow diners to save room for dessert. One look at these delights and you won’t be sorry.
This one has such a reputation, don’t expect to dine without reservations. Seafood lovers – check out the cioppino – discriminating diners say it’s the best in Reno. The wine list gets major props, so don’t be afraid to try something new. It’s all good. Dine European style – long courses with good conversation and lots of wine among friends.
This Peppermill restaurant features international cuisine, including flatbread pizza and pastas, gelato and crepes. The Singapore garlic noodles and Tuscan tortellini are standouts. Get breakfast weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and weekends till 11 a.m.
Although it’s a chain, Carino’s offers a warm atmosphere and generous helpings of pasta, panini, appetizer and pizza. The angel hair and artichoke is a good one for something on the lighter side, but the menu offers hearty meals like Skilletini, spicy Romano chicken or spaghetti with homemade meat balls for those with a larger appetite. Beware the jalapeño tilapia. Sometimes the cooks are heavy-handed with the peppers.
Yep, there’s one in every city, and this one is no different. Lines out the door at peak dining times prove people can’t resist the never-ending breadsticks and salad. Check out the To Go menu for convenience. The Portobello ravioli never disappoints. Great for folks far from home looking for something they know and trust.