I used to eat at La Vecchia Varese in downtown Reno on West Street in what is now Beaujolais Bistro a couple of times a month for lunch in the 1990s. That owner then moved the restaurant to the old Two Guys from Italy location at Moana and South Virginia and took on two other partners, a former chef at La Strada and a woman. They dropped the Varese in the name.
Recently, the chef left La Vecchia and returned to LaStrada. I don't know the status of the woman. But the original owner remains. We went there for dinner last night and the food was wonderful. So far no sign of it going downhill.
I ordered Ossobuco Con Porcini and a soup with an Italian name that I can't remember. The soup arrived first and was excellent. The water described it as tomato soup, and that gives the impression of a cream of tomato soup. But it wasn't. The tomatoes -- most of them yellow -- were cut and up and the soup had other vegetables as well. All fresh. Don't know how to describe it, but it was tasty. One person in our group who took a pass on the soup -- I'm guessing because he thought it was something like a cream of tomato -- ordered a bowl when he saw ours.
The Ossobuco was nice, too. A good sauce and the meat was tender. Not a lot of porcini mushroom and the saffrom rice was just okay, but still a good dish.
Another perso got a side dish of spinach that was done well, too.
For dessert I got a Tortino Tiepido Al Cioccolato, which was a warm chocolate cake with chocolate filling. Sweet and delicious.
Tuesday night is free corkage night at La Vecchia. All five bottles of wine we brought were good, but the discovery for me was a Nocetto Hillside sangiovese. The Amador County winery may make the best California sangiovese I've ever had.
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