NileGuide Expert Says:
Mama Lanza's special recipes for traditional favorites like chicken parmigiana and veal piccata are legendary among longtime Tahoe veterans. Go early, put your name on the list, and wait at the bar since there are no reservations and weekends are always, always crowded.
7739 N Lake Blvd
Crystal Bay, CA 96148
tel: (530) 546-2434
Lanza's has been the go-to spot for great homestyle Italian on Tahoe's North Shore for years. The stuffed lumaconi (stuffed with ground beef, spinach and egg) and covered with a generous helping of cheeze and sauce is consistently fantastic. Plus, it's great for families, locals and tourists alike, since it's lively, casual, and offers good value (entrees come with salad and bread).