For no good reason at all, we have never tried Pianeta in the 15 years it has been in downtown Truckee. What a delightful surprise! Blake, the host, could not have been more charming, welcoming, and friendly. We did not have reservations, but he was able to squeeze us in. Additionally, every waitperson was extremely friendly, making the experience delightful.
Now for the food: I am a Bay Area foodie, and have high standards in Italian food having once lived in Italy. I cook Italian food, and only use the highest quality of ingredients, and I found that Pianeta also values authentic ingredients. Both pasta dishes were excellent, because the pasta was cooked al dente, and the flavors blended well, without being overpowering. Our Caprese salad had fantastic pesto. Pesto is one of my specialties, and it is rare for me to give a '10' for getting it perfect, well this was a '10' for sure!
We were too full to have dessert so I can't comment, but just scanning the list made me wish I had saved room! This is now my new favorite place to go in Truckee, we will absolutely go back every time we come to town.