Pietro's La Famiglia - Sparks
I was a little surprised that a search of Chowhound showed no mention of this place, so I thought I would chime in. We had gone to an event at the Sparks Heritage Museum this evening, and had planned on heading over to the Great Basin afterwards for some beer and fish and chips. But the wait was long, and for once DH was the one who was too impatient and hungry to wait. So we headed back to the sign I had seen for Pietro's which had intrigued me on the walk over....
The restaurant is right on Victorian Square, but hard to find if you don't know where to look. Its actually upstairs, above the Blind Onion bar. You walk down a long hallway and up stairs or elevator to get there. Once inside, its kind of kitschy, but at least tonight it was quiet and we had a nice booth for the "date night" experience.
We both had pasta: DH had the vegetarian lasagna, and I had the Spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, red pepper, and parmesan cheese. (OK, can't spell the Italian name:-). He had the house salad to start (large variety of greens with a vineagrette dressing); I had the minestrone soup (light broth and lots of fresh vegetables). The servings were all very generous. The lasagna in particular was enough for two meals, and had a wide variety of vegetables (spinach, broccoli, etc) between the layers. DH enjoyed it very much, and is looking forward to his lunch tomorrow. I thought the sauce was very tasty and the lasagna noodles looked home-made, but it was a little heavy on the cheese for my taste. My spaghetti was a large plate of garlic heaven. I insisted DH try it (mainly so we would both reek:-) and he ended up taking several large bites...but there were still leftovers!
The tiramasu sounds wonderful, and I must try it sometime. However, we only had room for one dessert, and when DH heard that his all-time favorite (spumoni) is on the menu, it was obvious what we would share. I must say: I am not a big spumoni fan but this was the real deal, with plenty of pistachios mixed in and a true pistachio flavor. My cappuchino was also the real deal, which is why I am up typing past midnight:-).
Service was very attentive and our food came quickly but not excessively so. The waiter made sure we had plenty of (crusty and fresh) bread to dip in their olive oil/balsamic mixture. Dinner for two, including two glasses of the house cabernet, tax and tip was just under 65 dollars. DH promised to bring me back one day soon to try the tiramasu...:-)