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La Vecchia in Reno: molto bene!!

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La Vecchia in Reno: molto bene!!

Tana | Jan 20, 2004 05:06 PM

Has anyone eaten there yet? I went last year. I had done some research and decided this was worth a visit. Oh God, yes, it was.

Here is what I wrote about it at the time:

We started with the Fritto Misto appetizer ($9): deep-fried calamari, shrimp, asparagus and zucchini served with basil aioli. It was perfect.

My friend, Lori, ordered Rigatoni Alla "Norma" ($14.50): Homemade rigatoni tube pasta with fresh garlic and oregano tomato sauce, tossed with fresh soft mozzarella and fried eggplant. The tomatoes were zingy-fresh, and everything was perfectly cooked.

Bob, my husband, ordered Ravioli di Pesce ($15.75): homemade ravioli filled with seafood, served with a creamy tomato-vodka and lemon zest sauce. The ravioli were orange, and the sauce was bright and enormously flavorful.

I went against type and ordered something wintery, which I probably shouldn't have done but I just couldn't resist. I got the Linguine Patricia ($15.75): homemade linguine with shredded roasted duck, finished in a red wine-cream sauce and Parmesan cheese. As it turns out, the owner's name is Patricia, and she was delighted with my choice. It was rich and very satisfying—but I probably should have gone with the tomato items.

None of us could finish our meals, and the leftovers were great for dinner last night.

Bob and Lori drank a really good, earthy chianti, and I had Ferrari-Carano fumé blanc with the appetizer and chianti with my duck entrée. They serve hefty pours, and all the wines we chose were $6.75/glass.

The decor is stylish but not snooty, and the service was just perfect. Our Ecuadorian waiter knew everything, and was helpful and friendly, but not obstrusive.

The owner, Patricia, opened the place with two chefs when she moved to the US with her husband, who has a business in Reno. Unable to find real Italian food as she knew it, she found two chefs and made what she wanted. She is young, perfectly groomed in the Italian way (perfect shoes, perfect figure, perfect make-up, tasteful gold jewelry): she was also very happy that both Lori and I had been to Italy and loved it so much.

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Y'all give it a try. Looks like they've updated their website, which is a big improvement over the old look of it.

Link: http://www.renoitaliandining.com/

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