This is a charming Italian restaurant where there is no need to feel guilty about indulging yourself. Each sumptuous dish is either low in fat or can ... More
This is a charming Italian restaurant where there is no need to feel guilty about indulging yourself. Each sumptuous dish is either low in fat or can be prepared low in fat. The Veal Portofina with mushrooms and port wine is a bit of heaven. If you prefer fowl, try the Chicken Piccata. Only want a snack or drink? There are some tasty appetizers including calamari with lemon wedges and a full-service bar.
We went here on the recommendation of a friend, and were truly disappointed in the experience. Since it was a last-minute choice, we didn't make a reservation, and were berated by the owner for that, even though there was plenty of space for our party. The menu promised a cup of minestrone or house salad with entrees, and I looked forward to a cup of the soup. However, the server didn't ask our preferences, and our party was too busy talking and catching up to remember to ask. So we were all served house salads, which were a disappointment - mostly iceberg lettuce, with a bland, vinegary dressing. Very unusual for me, since I hate to waste food, but I couldn't eat it. We did receive bread as promised by the menu, but we didn't taste any garlic on it; rather, it tasted like the parmesan bread you get at Dairy Queen or Carrows.
As for the entrees, I saw risotto on the menu and instantly wanted that, as it's a favorite of mine. What I got wasn't really risotto, as it wasn't creamy and cheesy. The tomatoes and artichoke hearts in the dish did provide a good flavor and overall it was edible, but those things made it watery so that the cheese didn't melt into the dish, it hung out in there in strings. The chicken parmigiana and vegetable pasta ordered by two others in our party were declared to be pretty good, though. The other member of our party reported she did not enjoy her lasagne (the craving for which was what sent us searching for Italian in the first place that night), though I don't know specifically why.
Bottom line: there are so many choices for restaurants in Reno, I won't choose this one again. I would give two stars if judging by the whole group's experience (some of the food wasn't bad), but based on my experience with my meal, I have to go with one.
This placehas a nice atmosphere, but that is pretty much it. The service is the worst I have had living here nearly 30 years. The food is bland and just as authentic Italian as the Olive Garden, but at least they know how to season there food. It isn't very clean, and the owner is often drunk and verbally rude to customers. I would never go back after trying it twice, even if the food were free. Being Italian, I am embarrassed that they would call what they serve anything close to real Italian.
You wouldn't think this place would be that great from outside appearances, but once you walk inside you are suprised. Its just a darling, quaint, sophisticated little place with just a wonderful atmosphere about it. Great for a romantic diner, or first date. Food is great and presents wonderfully......and the homemade raspberry vingerette salad dressing could make you eat salad for the rest of your life!
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