10Best Italian Restaurants in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

After a day of hiking, mountain biking or skiing, a giant plate of pasta or a deep dish pizza is first on the list. While Tahoe is not really known for its Italian food, there are some great restaurants in the area that make carbo loading very easy for your next outdoor adventure.

One of the best Italian restaurants is actually in Truckee and that's Pianeta Ristorante. This cozy and warm restaurant is perfect for a winter dinner. Pianeta means "planet" in Italian and the walls are covered in drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and the plates are filled with elegant country Italian food. Just down the street from Pianeta is Best Pies Pizza where the portions are as large as the table. Two local favorites are located right on the lake: Scuza and Capisce are both family and group friendly and serve excellent and hearty Italian dishes and pizza.

If you want another great view, try the Front Street Station on the Truckee River in Tahoe City or the Ristorante Montagna in the beautiful Squaw Valley in North Tahoe. For a special night out, get a reservation at Cafe Fiore where there are only a few small tables and tons of atmosphere or check out Zia Lina in Tahoe City.

South Lake Tahoe

Primo's Italian Bistro in South Lake Tahoe has been getting great reviews for its authentic Italian food which includes pasta, pizza, soups, salads and classic dishes like Steak Pizzaiola, Saltimboca, Cioppino and Homemade Lasagna. Other items...  Read More

This little pizzeria has prompt service and a friendly staff and the semi-thin crust pizza is health conscious and tasty. Try the whole wheat pizza with Duck Sausage and their homemade sauce or the BBQ Chicken Pizza. Specialty pizzas include the...  Read More

This fun, little restaurant in Tahoe City is a more laid-back restaurant and bar for locals and visitors and serves up good appetizers like calamari and mozzarella sticks and main meals like thin crust pizza, salmon linguini and fire-roasted...  Read More

Run by a New Jersey couple, this small place next to the river serves 100 percent natural, hand-tossed New York style thin crust pizza as take-n'-bake, by the slice or by the pie. The Californian with artichokes and garlic and the Carnivore...  Read More

This family run restaurant in Zephyr Cove is known around the area for its home-cooked classic Italian dishes and wonderful service. This is a great place for that special occasion and the food is really tasty. Try the Ravioli Sampler or the...  Read More

Pianeta Ristorante
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Right in the middle of downtown Truckee sits this charming northern Italian restaurant. Outfitted with a full bar on the lower level and a dining room on the mezzanine, Pianeta offers several dinner options as well as a large wine list and Happy...  Read More

Ristorante Montagna
Photo courtesy of Resort at Squaw Creek

Ristorante Montagna and Wine Bar is located at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley. It serves the bet of Italian classics and excellent Italian wines. With the guiding principle of cucina povera, an Italian phrase referencing "humble...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

This is the perfect romantic spot for a special dinner. Decorated with white linens and glimmering candles, this cozy Italian restaurant is furnished with only seven tables for an intimate atmosphere. During the summer, you can enjoy your meal...  Read More

The Best Pies & Pizzeria restaurant is located right in downtown Truckee and features massive thin crust pizzas, Italian dishes and a lively atmosphere and affordable prices. Their speciality pies include the Garbage Pie with sausage,...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

Scusa Italian Ristorante has been serving authentic Italian to the Tahoe are for years. The restaurant has a large selection of appetizers (including the dynamite Lobster Ravioli), salads, fish and pasta dishes and classic regional and coastal...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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