Thanks to 'hound Steve Timko for the tip on Bangkok Cuisine. I've been in Reno for a 2 day Wildland Fire conference at the Silver Legacy and we walked down there for dinner. It's about 1.2 miles. The Thai dumplings were terrific as a starter. Shared main courses were Basil Chicken, Pepper and Garlic Pork and the combo noodle platter. All delicious and wonderfully prepared.
Along the way, on Virginia we passed Luciano's Italian restaurant which looked interesting so that was our next night out. Good thing we got there around 6:30 because the place is tiny but we did get a table. This is a throwback to those great little Italian restaurants that you used to be able to find in the basements of Manhatten buildings. I say "used to" because most of those are now upper scale, moderately expensive Northern Italian. Luciano's offers a solid menu of traditional Southern Italian dishes along with several specials. My two friends each had the special veal filled cannelloni which was heavenly. I opted for the pasta putenesca which really did have anchovies and capers and a punch. Excellent! My only complaint was that the bread was a bit on the stale side and the wine list, if you could call it that, was pretty dismal. For Italian wines there were two bottles of slightly overpriced Chianti. But, this didn't mar an otherwise terrific experience.
If you're staying downtown without a car (which we did have) and want to get out of casino hell and don't mind a bit of a walk, these are two great choices.