Reno’s most family-friendly street event happens this weekend with the Eldorado’s 35th Great Italian Festival.
The Carano family, owners of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, bring the traditions and culture of their heritage to this event. Virginia and Fourth streets are decked out at their most colorful, packed with booths, stages, street entertainers, a grape-stomp station, a wine walk and an Italian farmers market.
There are two stages featuring live entertainment both Saturday and Sunday. Acts include Italica, Moreno Fruzzetti, the cast of the Eldorado’s “The Producers,” Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Anthony “Nino” Lane, Aaron Caruso, Tre Bella, Primo Basso and the great Louis Prima’s daughter Lena Prima.
Food choices will include chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, meat ravioli, tortellini, gnocchetti, Italian sausage and peppers, fried ravioli, fried calamari, panini and the Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli with porcini cream sauce. Desserts include homemade gelato, cannoli and ricotta crepes with strawberries and Nutella drizzle.
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If you want even more food, there is an extremely popular Italian buffet dinner in the Eldorado Convention Center (4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8) and Eldorado Buffet (4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9; $28.99 general, $14.99 children).
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8-9 (eldoradoreno.com).
More food and music
“Reno Bites” restaurant week kicks off for 10 days on Friday, Oct. 7, featuring $10, $20, and $30 price points at two dozen restaurants around town, some long-standing and some new. Several are in the midtown burgeoning dining scene. There are 11 signature events, including a Moroccan-style bazaar, an Israeli dinner, an Asian celebration, and meals that evoke the past. A Chef Showdown will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, with competition among eight local cuisine masters. (Full schedule and locations at RenoBitesWeek.com.)
Stage entertainment this weekend is a bit more limited than it was during the summer season, but there are a few extra-goodies:
Bo Bice joins Blood, Sweat & Tears at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $49; Ticketmaster)
The Drive-By Truckers come to the MontBleu on Saturday on the heels of their new album, “American Band,” a disc that takes on the NRA, police brutality, Islamophobia and opioid abuse, among other topics (“overtly political,” as described by co-founder Patterson Hood, who adds: “If you don’t like it, you can leave; we’re not trying to be America’s popular band”). (8 p.m.; $35-$45; Ticketmaster)
And “Elvis and Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley” takes place Saturday at Cache Creek, replete with photos, home movies, stories and a question-and-answer period, and let’s not forget the lady was also in all three “Naked Gun” movies. (8 p.m.; $65-$89; cachecreek.com)