Eldorado Great Italian Festival
The Eldorado Great Italian Festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, wine walk, Italian farmers market, food booths and incredible free, live entertainment all weekend long. A crowd favorite year after year, the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off challenges Italian families from across the West Coast to bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste. People’s Choice ballots for favorite sauce will be given with the purchase of pasta.
No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food. Spectators are invited to “finire di mangia” – or “eat up” as the Italians say – with plenty of delicious foods like chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, meat ravioli with Bolognese, tortellini Eldorado, Gnocchetti pesto, Italian sausage and peppers, fried ravioli, fried calamari and the ever-famous mushroom ravioli with porcini cream sauce. Complete your meal with a delicious dessert of homemade gelato, cannolis or Nutella ricotta Crespo, a sweet ricotta crepe with strawberries and Nutella drizzle.
Events to watch include: Pasta Sales for Tasting the Family’s Sauces, Wine Walk, Grape Stomp and Gelato Eating Contest. For more information about the Eldorado Great Italian Festival and a complete schedule of events, click here.