- by tahoetessie on 09/28/2012
- by jaspermc on 04/01/2011
Lanza's is a very nice restaurant. They serve better and have a delicious food.
- by ccpinwa on 09/03/2009
9/1/2009 Here's a little known secret about his little Italian resturant that has (had) a reputation for great Italian food, and superior service. If your a local resident or just in town for the weekend, you can save a lot of money by simply going somewhere else! That is of course, if you really want a good meal. I don't mind paying a premium price for excellent service and food that is appriciably better than the average. For the price they charge, you do get greeted by the host or hostess who will be glad to make you feel as welcome as a turd in a punch bowl. Don't ask for a booth as this really upsets the soup nazi since he'll have to carry the menu's back and write your request for a booth down, letting you know how inconvienient you have made his task. While you wait in the bar you can enjoy some of the most highly priced mis-mixed combinations of spirits. (Two mixed drinks, house call, will hit you for $12). If you still are determined to eat there and have put up with the host's attitude and arrived at your booth ready to order from their menu get ready for the waitress. I really can't fault her as she is working under-staffed and the food is on line with a Denny's type of preparation. Can't change or delete any item. All dishes are pre-made in advance and warmed prior to serving. They have lost their touch in preparing true italian flavor and seem content to rely upon their past reputation. They must know their quality is poor since we noticed the doggie bags and containers are located right by the tables for quick access. We ate their last year and recieved the same type of service and atitude. Many years prior we also enjoyed this restaurants faire and good service. Mama Lanza may have died perhaps, but the service and food here will certainly be making her roll over in her grave. Stay Away!! Save Money!! Save your frustration with their atitude.
- by octavie on 12/25/2008
Everything here was wonderful. I have only been once as I'm from LA but I plan on returning to Lanza's with every future trip to Lake Tahoe. The food, the atmosphere, even the building itself impressed me as just perfect. A relaxed and enjoyable Italian culinary experience. Expect large portions.
- by katlist on 10/02/2007
Lanza's does not accept reservations and our party of 8 had to wait one-and-a-half hours to be seated. We went during the off-season in Lake Tahoe, but this place is very popular with the locals. One gentleman also waiting has been dining there for 35 years. His favorite dish was the lasagna; how I wish I'd tried the lasagna! After our group was finally seated, our hostess was friendly. And the food? Well, we were not impressed with anything other than the salad and the garlic cheese bread appetizer. The pasta dishes ordered were bland and lacking fresh flavor. The pizza touted as thin and crispy was not actually that thin or crispy and also lacked flavor. And whatever you do, do not order Joe's vegetarian pasta special. Fortunately, this restaurant was not so pricey. We left wishing we had just had the crisp salad and garlic cheese bread only. We did not try dessert.
- by florflor on 06/25/2007
We have been going to Lanza's for over twenty years now and they are still one of our top picks at the Lake. Great quality food, friendly service, and a fun bar/lounge make this a favorite for life.
- by Kellie77 on 03/07/2006
A good friend took us to Lanza's years ago during one of our many group trips to Tahoe. We eat there at least once every time we're even close to town. The food is always good! The service is really hit and miss. Can be great, can be really slow or flat out weird. We once boxed up our dinner and left because the manager couldn't (wouldn't) get two groups of drunk 40-somethings to quiet down and stop flashing each other. Trust me, that's not something you want to see while eating dinner.
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