Zozo’s Ristorante offers charm where you’d least expect it

On a lookup to obtain the greatest Italian food items in the metropolis (spoiler notify: I really don’t believe we’re at any time going to arrive to a consensus), 1 simply cannot depart out Zozo’s Ristorante. Found in a purchasing middle on Moana, you could miss out on the Italian eatery if you did not know it was there, but after you phase inside of you are transported from the strip mall exterior to a charming cafe that could very easily be in Italy.

Within, Zozo’s is dimly lit and almost constantly active (reservation suggested) but if you’re ready to score a desk, you won’t be unhappy.

There is a listing of very simple cocktails on the menu to select from as effectively as beers it’s not a comprehensive bar inside of. But, when it arrives to Italian food stuff, wine is the ideal pairing. If you can, break up a bottle. There are a couple of alternatives by-the-glass but the bottle range is a great deal far better in terms of high quality and selection, which include every little thing from California wines you might not have read of to Italian varietals. No matter what you purchase, it will come in a massive goblet-like glass, and you can get them to just take home (and you just might want to).

As soon as the drinks are located, dive into the menu.

We begun with calamari, fried golden brown and served with a basil aioli. The crispy outside was accomplished properly and the basil aioli was the type of sauce you want to take home in a jar to consume on every little thing. The calamari alone was truly just adequate. The squid was a small chewy and without having the sauce a tad bland. If you are adventurous, an get of escargot may perhaps serve you effectively. Normally a French delicacy, Zozo’s is prepared with a garlic sherry butter, melted gorgonzola cheese and garlic bread. It is well worth a taste.

Transferring on to entrees, all dishes come with preference of soup or salad, and even an upgrade to a Caesar salad. The Caesar here is extremely fantastic, with a dressing that will make your mouth water. The ingredients are standard—parmesan cheese, croutons and lettuce—but put alongside one another very nicely.

If you like seafood, you’re in the proper location. Don’t pass up out on the shrimp scampi, served in a basil product sauce around herbed rice and concluded with tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. The rice is an sudden accompaniment that elevates the texture of the dish. The shrimp is also incredibly tasty, and I do not know what it is about this place but each sauce is just perfection.


3446 Lakeside Dr., Reno, Nev. 89509

Sunday-Thursday 4:30-8:30
Friday & Saturday 4:30-9:00
Closed Mondays

Shrimp scampi from Zozo's Ristorante.

If you desire to order pasta, there is a listing of solutions to select from, quite a few of which are vegetarian but you can also incorporate your preference of meat. Vegan eaters will be pleased to hear the menu gives a capellini pomodoro that suits the diet program.

For me, it was the bowtie carbonara, Zozo’s possess spin on the common pasta dish. This dish is made with peas and pancetta in a parmesan product sauce as you would assume at quite a few Italian eateries. I really suggest you use the dwelling garlic bread to sop up as a lot of the sauce as probable. The addition of artichokes, having said that, is the finest choice cooks could have produced. In addition, I really do not ordinarily see a bowtie noodle on a carbonara, and that was a welcome shock. Add in some hearty chunks of tomato, and the dish is a fantastic stability of weighty cream and refreshing vegetables.

With all of the solutions for Italian in Reno, it can be tough to pick out which establishment you want to check out for dinner. Zozo’s, nevertheless, will go on to be a preference for people evenings we’re craving pasta and red wine. And, if you like Italian, I persuade the rest of Reno to give the prolonged-standing cafe a check out.

Correction: The calamari at Zozo’s is not octopus. It is squid, just like all other calamari dishes.

Barbara J. Miriam

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