The pirate theme runs deep in the new Town Square restaurant in Somersett. Dimly lit by plush red cabins and small tables, the recently opened Gambi’s follows the storyline when it comes to Italian cuisine, until, of course, you hit the deck. Glass etched with treasure maps, mermaids in bathrooms, shiny silver skeleton heads as towel racks, it would be impossible to miss.
Gadgets aside (and we would just like to be clear that we appreciate this particular brand of gadgets, which is anything but cheap), Gambi’s has a new nighttime date for those in Reno, especially those who call. Somersett at home.
You may need your own treasure map to find the goods. If you park in the main parking lot, the ‘front door’ is blocked with a sign to direct you to the lounge, which is actually a really cool place to sit for dinner service or drinks. From there you will exit and head left to find the main entrance and hostess stand set up in the common area of Town Square and backing onto the main lawn often inhabited by other outside diners and hole players. of corn.
Once inside, the rich, deep woods and romantic details transport you to a distant world. The general theme is a play on the wine and whiskey business in which the owner also indulges. That being said, he does know a thing or two about alcohol, and this is a place you’ll want to take your time to enjoy it. So order a glass of deep red wine or choose from a range of cocktails before diving into the menu.
When you order drinks, bread is placed on your table as a starter. But the big surprise is that these aren’t your typical buns, but rather a small loaf of toasted garlic bread under that napkin – a treat for those who love carbs.
For anyone at sea, it’s hard to miss out on a bit of the local cuisine. And for me, it’s always hard to pass up the squid. The calamari are crispy and fresh, not chewy or too full of fish. There’s a nice mix of rings and tentacle pieces served with Calabrian pepper aioli and, like any good squid, a slice of charred lemon.
Fried artichoke hearts are also delicious if you feel like eating a little heavy. (Personally, we justify the extra calories because we also eat a vegetable.) Crusted with panko and parmesan cheese and served alongside a ramekin of marinara sauce, we recommend dipping them in aioli for the best flavor.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to appetizers. A deli board topped with a selection of chef’s cheeses, a burrata perfected with snow peas, asparagus and watermelon radish, and sweet and savory coconut shrimp are worth their weight in gold.
When it comes to entrees, portions are large, which means that keeping up with a few entrees lends itself well to sharing a meal. Truffle gnocchi, for example, are soft and pasty, enhanced with slices of creamy duck sausage and wild mushrooms. For those still wishing to delve into the seafood categories, a lobster ravioli served with roasted fennel is divine.
It doesn’t even go to the depths – with a full list of fresh catches, chunks of meat, and pizza to explore, the fare lends itself to a place you can visit and revisit often, trying something new every time. return trip. You aren’t likely to run out of options anytime soon, which is good news for neighbors who have long been waiting for a new restaurant in this corner of town.
7665 Town Square WayReno, NV 89523
Sunday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
From Friday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day
Nora Heston Tarte is a longtime Reno resident who lives in the south of the city. In addition to food, his hobbies include wine, hiking, yoga, and travel. She is also the editor of a regional lifestyle publication and works freelance for other publications mostly in the travel industry. She graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BA in English and is currently pursuing her Masters in Professional Journalism. You can follow his travel adventures and local exploits on his Instagram account @wanderlust_n_wine.