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“Best restaurant in all of South Lake Tahoe --- Hands DOWN!!!!”

Primo's Italian Bistro
Price range: US$14 - US$30
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Primo's Italian Bistro serves authentic Italian recipes and boasts the most extensive selection of Italian wines on the South Shore. Large parties, catering, reservations and to-go orders are welcome. We also have quarterly wine pairing dinners.
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Never had a bad meal here ever! On my most recent visit, I had linguini alfredo with chicken. You're probably saying... "wait, I don't see that on the menu". Well, the owner was the cook and is always very accommodating. I like linguini better than fettuccine :-). He also whipped us up some fried calamari, as I was craving it something fierce that day. He was gracious enough to make it for us even though, it too, is not on the menu. The atmosphere is casual, kids are welcome. It would also be a lovely place for a romantic dinner. Love the old Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr. era music they play. Never tried the pizza, but it looks delish! Looking forward to returning.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

We spotted this restaurant in a little strip mall near the hospital. We noticed how clean it was, even from the outside and decided to return for dinner. So glad we did! The wait staff is friendly and it is obvious the owners worked hard to make the spot cozy and attractive.
We tried the lasagne which was excellent and also chicken piccata which was very tasty and lemony, served on a bed of fettuccine. We will go again, maybe at lunch to try the "build your own salad" and the homemade ravioli. The menu is small but with a nice variety to choose from, less expensive at lunch (11-3) and also available for takeout.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

The food was delicious and the service was consistently attentive. I only wish I would have saved room for dessert.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

We came here based on good reviews, I would like to rate it a 3.5 if i could but it fell short of a full 4. We were welcomed and seated right away around 8pm on a Saturday. Our waiter was very friendly and provided excellent suggestions on apps as well as matching wine selections. The first half of our experience and started off wonderfully, we got a bottle of wine and 2 apps which were excellent (stuffed mushrooms and mussels). The apps were so good we had high expectations for our main course. The main courses that came did not meet our expectations, the presentation was very bland and neither dish(chicken marsala and ravioli) had any color. Both just brown noodles in brownish sauce. The ravioli was extremely thin and both plates seemed to be on the small portion side. The ravioli sauce had excellent flavor just no filling in the ravioli. The chicken marsala was also cooked very well with good flavor but a very watery sauce. The food was good, not great which was a let down after how great the appetizers were. The service definitely helped which is why i wish i could do 3.5 but food was pretty average.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank akragness3
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Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2016

Hi there,
I am happy to hear that you experienced good service while you were here. I wish we could have impressed you with our food though. Did you happen to express your dissatisfaction to your server? If there are ever any issues, we like to hear about it while you are here so that we can make it right! I hope that you give us a chance to make it up to you.
Cheers,
Jim

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Reviewed 2 April 2016

Party of 15 of us were here today after taking pictures of Emerald Bay. We were satisfied by the prices and quantity of food.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank NinaCa
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Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2016

Hi Nina,
Thank you for choosing us! Sounds like you had a great day, sightseeing and fresh pasta. That's traveling in style. We hope you join us again on your next visit.
Cheers,
Jim

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