When it comes to dining, the South Lake Tahoe area has no shortage of burger bars and pizza joints; there are the buffets in the casinos on the Stateline, NV side, the familiar chains like Denny’s, IHOP and Applebee’s, and there are several high-end restaurants near the ski resorts as well. Scusa stands out because it is none of those – it’s a nice local Italian restaurant with good food that won’t break your wallet.
Scusa is a true dinner house; they are not open for lunch, and there is no bar filled with Happy Hour revelers, just a spacious, well-appointed dining room. They do offer a representative selection of beers and wine, but no mixed drinks or hard liquor.
My wife and I began our meal with their delicious focaccia bread, which is complimentary. We shared a unique and tasty Eggplant Stack appetizer, which is goat cheese stacked between breaded eggplant and bruschetta. From their varied menu, I selected linguini and clams, while my wife opted for their special for the day, which was linguini marinara with scallops. Both dinners were excellent and we left feeling very satisfied.
Scusa opens for dinner at 5:00 pm; they accept reservations, including those made online. It’s a great place to enjoy a good meal and not feel like a tourist.
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