On a warm summer day, a patio at a new restaurant just might be the perfect place to enjoy a light lunch, a glass of wine or a dinner with friends. And that's exactly what Joel Giandalia is hoping people will say when they talk about his restaurant, SoDo, short for South Downtown. And while two other restaurants didn't make it in this location, Joel says his will. "You start out with an amazing team. You make the restaurant guest driven. You really interact with the guests and you make sure no matter how bad the performance is or how good it is that you have an ear on what they desire."
Executive chef and partner, David Stern, studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Think Harvard of the culinary world. He's brought his broad expertise to the SoDo kitchen."We have Latin food, we have Caribbean inspired food. We have Asian inspired food and then what we call the lower 48 which is the typical American steak and potatoes style food."
The Latin salmon comes over corn and black bean salsa with fire roasted poblano buerre blanc and Tabasco onions. Or you could go for the parmesan crusted calamari with chipotle aioli as a starter.
Joel and chef David say they welcome and talk to every diner who enters the doors. They want people to feel like old friends. In fact, both Joel and David have been in Reno for years. For the last 5, Joel greeted every diner at Charlie Palmer. He says the knowledge he gained from that organization will allow him to build a successful SoDo and then look to expand. "The long term is we'd really like to see three or four of these all around town and utilize whatever each part of town would like to see come out of their own restaurant, very much a neighborhood local spot."