Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

It’s not often that you find a classy restaurant where Mom and Dad can pretend they are dining alone — but where the kids are comfortable and welcomed as well. Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar in Minden, Nevada is a wonderful family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant we were glad we discovered on our recent visit to the gorgeous Carson Valley of Nevada.

DestinationReviewThis little eatery sits in an unassuming location next to a chain motel but delivers outstanding European ambiance and family-driven hospitality. Pets are not welcome in the restaurant, but service dogs are, pursuant to ADA laws. 


Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

While it is true that our pasta was a bit dry and my salmon a tad overdone, the rattlesnake rabbit sausage made up for it with its dynamic flavor and novelty. The Tiramisu was very good and put a nice finale on a pleasant meal. I took a look at the kitchen after our meal. It was clean and busy, all good signs.

Casual but Upscale Dining in Carson Valley

It’s casual but fairly upscale at the same time. The night we visited, she wasn’t there, but we were told the restaurant often has a renowned Opera singer entertaining dining families.

The owners are proud of the new Head Chef, Chef Francesco Gazzana from Milan. He has been Head Chef and Executive Chef in places as Ischia, Naples, Antwerp, St. Albans, London and Sau Paulo. The Sous Chef is Anastasios Maras, who has an extensive background in Mediterranean & Italian cooking.


Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

If your clan can arrange a visit to this little bistro on your next Reno or Carson City area vacation, you will be welcomed and glad you stopped in.

Disclosure: As a working member of the media, I am furnished comped media visits for many of my assignments; the views expressed here are entirely my own but ought to be yours too.