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Pianeta Ristorante

10096 Donner Pass Rd. Send to Phone
A local happy hour hot-spot with seating upstairs and down.

Dinner nightly
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Pianeta Ristorante Restaurant Review

: Walk by Pianeta Ristorante on the downtown Truckee strip and you may not notice it at first. The front is humble and the inside view of the upstairs-downstairs seating becomes lively only at night, when locals frequent it for the happy hour. Downstairs seating is recommended for a quieter meal and the entire restaurant's dimly lit interior sets the mood for a long, relaxed Italian meal. Pianeta's full wine list offers tastes from California, Italy and France. Certain appetizers, like the veal meatballs, were rich and delightful, other items were overwrought, as with the insalata Robyn that came with a bit too much dressing. Angel hair pasta satisfied, but we found the chicken Marsala sauce to be a bit salty. Lemon panna cotta renewed our faith --- its smooth texture was still light and the seasonal berries mixed well with the zesty lemon and cream.


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