Pizza & Pasta by the Lake: 10Best Italian Restaurants in Tahoe

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 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.



A hit with locals and visitors, Lanza's is Kings Beach's go-to Italian place. Large, reasonably-priced portions of standard Italian fare (including pizza, pasta, chicken, and veal) keep regulars happy and coming back for more. Main courses...  Read More

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



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



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



Fireside Pizza at Squaw Valley is perfect for a tasty, satisfying lunch, this casual restaurant at Squaw Valley serves pizzas that are a cut above, courtesy of fresh, unusual toppings and a delicious blend of cheeses. Try the Smoky BBQ Chicken...  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



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



Located at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek, Montagna has stellar views of the mountains it is named after. Montagna features a contemporary approach to classic Italian dishes and uses locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Start off...  Read More



Whitecaps Pizza not only has some great views of the North Shore of Tahoe, but it has an extensive menu for both lunch and dinner dining. This locally-owned pizza and sandwich restaurant makes all their pizzas by hand and tries to feature local...  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