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All 99 Truckee Restaurants

Pianeta Ristorante

10096 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-0314
+1 530-587-4694
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Ranked #1 of 99 Restaurants in Truckee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $50
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bridge Street
Description: Pianeta is a cozy and inviting restaurant located in the heart of historic downtown Truckee, California. Since 1998, we have specialized in creating delicious Italian foods and homemade pastas while offering a stellar dining experience. Our menu features nightly specials inspired by the delicious cuisine of Northern Italy and boasts an impressive wine collection from California vineyards as well as classic Italian wines. At the bar, you will find an inviting atmosphere backed by premium liquor, aperitifs and one of the most popular happy hours in town (5:00-6:30 Monday thru Friday). Finally we pride ourselves on our welcoming friendly staff, warm eclectic old world ambiance and consistently remarkable cuisine. We always recommend reservations and we can accommodate larger parties, please call for more information.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Northern California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There's nothing to eat here that is not terrific! The booths are especially cozy. Pasta d'olio, polenta, salads spinach with mushrooms, , ..chianti, green lentil soup,tiramisu...ahh!

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Mountain View, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

They have fantastic food, great service, an excellent wine selection, and are easily findable in downtown old town Truckee, between several great ski areas. Their only drawback is that- if you are grouped as more than a single person, you will need to make sure you've put in reservations!

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Truckee, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you don't have a reservation (and sometimes, even when you do), you will be waiting a while. But the food is worth it. Kitchen can get backed up on Fri/Sat eve, especially during "season". But just relax and enjoy the great wine selection, along with any of their signature appetizers.

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Truckee, California, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The owners here are friendly and wonderful, and you can really never go wrong with the house red, never. The charcuterie plates are always wonderful, and the meals are phenomenal too, but this is just a great place to come for tapas and wine as well. Something about going down the stairs to the bar feels very cozy, especially on... More 

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Truckee, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Midweek with no reservation- got right in. Cozy table in the lower level. Very ample menu-all entrees and salads were fresh and of sufficient size. Service was a little slow- the difference between dining and eating. Good selection of wines.

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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Dinner last week at Pianeta was a real find. Good wines, great and patiently respectful service, and wonderful food. About the best spaghetti Bolognese I've ever had (and in my home, Bolognese was a true passion). My wife ordered a grilled halibut that was among the freshest and tastiest pieces of fish we've ever had. The chef exhibited a real... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

While in the Truckee area with friends we stopped in to Pianeta (without a reservation). They kindly showed us a table and we were quickly served. Everything was great. The knowledgeable and helpful server answered our questions and made recommendations without being pushy. The food was excellent and the portions large. In fact, we took some of it home and... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I visit the Tahoe area several times a year, as we have a vacation home there. We have tried all the so called upscale restaurants in the area, and never come away very impressed. The prices are high, the food mediocre and the service lacking. Pianeta's is truly an outstanding Italian restaurant. The pasta dishes are so fresh you swear... More 

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Have a place in Kings Beach and don't eat in Truckee often. Glad we did! Had a wonderful Vegetarian pasta dish and it truly was one of the best we've ever had. We're definitely a fan Now of Pianeta, and can't wait to go back !

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

The food here is as good as any NYC neighborhood Italian restaurant. The paste is cooked perfectly with a choice of sauces, meat, shellfish, etc that are just superb ... they even have anchovies at the salad bar. We were surprised by the amount if food for the money. Well worth the 10-15 minute trip out of Tahoe.

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Additional Information about Pianeta Ristorante

Address: 10096 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-0314
Phone Number: +1 530-587-4694
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 50
Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar

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