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Tahoe biz beat: Passaretti’s gets a makeover

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Previous customers might not recognize Passaretti’s Italian Restaurant when they walk through the door.

The restaurant now has a beer and wine bar, and also serves espresso.

Even though the restaurant has a new look, the prices aren’t changing, said Tai Passaretti, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Dan.

The new bar was completed April 13, and marks the third major remodel since Passaretti’s opened in 1983, she said.

“It’s a more relaxed and special place to come,” Passaretti said. “We wanted to bring the ambiance up to the quality of our food.”

Dan Passaretti said they’ve wanted to remodel since 2004, but didn’t get serious about it until December.

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He said they wanted to provide a newer, fresher look for the customers, and to keep the restaurant exciting for everyone.

“Even though we’ve been open for 26 years, we’re not resting on our laurels,” he said.

There is one catch: The salad bar is gone. Customers can still receive their choice of soup or salad with their entrees, and there is an array of specialty salads on the menu to choose from.

Dan Passaretti said he doesn’t have a favorite specialty salad.

“We make them because we love them all,” he said.

The house salad, which comes with an entree, has romaine and iceberg lettuce, garbanzo and kidney beans, cucumbers, carrots, croutons and a choice of dressing.

One of their specialty salads, the caprese salad, has sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinaigrette and mixed greens.

To celebrate the remodel, Passaretti’s will offer specials for the next month. Customers can get 15 percent off dinner Sunday through Thursday, a free appetizer if they spend $20 in drinks at the bar, and a two-for-one lunch with purchase of two beverages.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s at 1181 Emerald Bay Road, near C Street. Call (530) 541-3433 or see http://www.passarettis.com.

Free wine tasting at 968 Park Hotel

Picchetti Winery will offer a free wine tasting for guests of 968 Park Hotel at the hotel from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 8.

A representative from Picchetti will present the red wines, including pavone, cabernet, tempranillo and Tahoe red. For the white wine, there will be a chardonnay and pinot grigio. For more information, call the winery at (530) 541-1500 or the hotel at (530) 544-0968.

A new ice cream shop will be opening in Baskin Robbin’s old location. Tahoe Ice Cream plans to open in early May, said owner Donna Rise.

Harrah’s Entertainment unit that includes properties in Reno, Lake Tahoe and Laughlin posted earnings of $7.6 million and revenues of $114.6 million for the quarter that ended March 31, the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reported. A year earlier, the properties had $14.6 million in earnings and $146.6 million in revenues.

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