There’s little better than enjoying a delicious meal at a family-owned and operated restaurant. From family recipes to hometown pride to being made to feel at home, family-owned restaurants are among the best. Ever. Nevada is chock-full of truly legendary family-owned restaurants. Here are eight you simply must try.
1. Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4440 Paradise Road, Las Vegas
Since 1985, Ferraro's has been providing Las Vegas residents and visitors with a truly unique and authentic southern Italian fine dining experience.
With its family recipe fresh pasta, meatballs, sausage, sauces, and breads, if it's authentic Italian food you crave, you simply must try Ferraro's. Ferraro's is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and for dinner only on the weekend.
2. Casale's Halfway Club, 2501 E. 4th Street, Reno
Reno's oldest restaurant has been family-owned and operated since 1937.
For more than 80 years, Casale's has been a Reno staple for authentic Italian food and nostalgic ambiance. Ninety-year-old Mama Casale still works in her restaurant three days per week, and the food is chock-full of Casale family tradition and love.
3. The Cracker Box, 402 E. William Street, Carson City
This delightful diner opened its doors in 1980 with the goal of making and serving the best breakfasts, and, today, the Cracker Box is still going strong.
The Cracker Box prides itself on serving the best homemade breakfasts and lunches around. Everything is scratch made: from its sausage gravy to in-house cured corned beef to hand-dipped chicken fried steaks to soups and sauces. Along with its fast and super friendly service, the Cracker Box should be on your Carson City bucket list.
4. Chicago Mike's Pizza, 1544 U.S. Highway 395 North, Gardnerville
This family-owned and operated eatery serves delicious and truly authentic Chicago-style pizza and other mouthwatering dishes.
Enjoy homemade deep-dish and thin-crust pizza and Chicago-imported hot dogs and buns, sausage, Vienna beef, Italian beef, relish, Giardiniera, mushrooms, and sandwich rolls. Everything is delicious and the staff is very courteous.
5. Cafe at Adele's, 1112 N. Carson Street, Carson City
Editor's Note: As of March 2019, Cafe at Adele's has permanently closed. Opened in 1977 by the Abowd family, today, son Charlie Abowd--a fourth generation chef--and his wife, Karen, have been delighting locals and visitors with their amazing food and delightful ambiance.
Organic and locally-grown ingredients are front and center. While much of the food pays homage to the Abowds' Middle Eastern roots, the menu is unique and innovative, and everything is delicious.
3. Nora's Italian Cuisine, 5780 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Gina and Nora Mauro opened Nora's in 1992, and, over the years, this delightful Italian restaurant has become among the best in Las Vegas.
In addition to amazing southern Italian dishes from Nora's family including unique pizzas, antipastos, pastas, and veal dishes, Nora's has an award-winning bar.
7. San Marcos Grill, 260 E. Winnie Lane, Carson City
This delicious family-owned and operated Mexican grill opened in 2007 and offers traditional, authentic, and original dishes served quickly and with a smile.
At San Marcos Grill, the four F's apply: fun festive family feasting. The authentic family recipes from Guerrero, Mexico have locals and visitors coming back time after time.
8. The Coffee Mug, 576 Commercial Street, Elko
First opened in 1987, the Coffee Mug has undergone a couple of moves and a recent renovation to continue bringing Elko locals and visitors a truly delicious, coffee shop experience.
Everything on the menu is delicious, and their amazing breakfasts are served all day long!
Nevada is full of delicious eateries; however, you must try these eight legendary family-owned restaurants. Have you had the pleasure of dining at any of them? Did I leave any of your favorite legendary family-owned restaurants off this list? Please comment below.