Later this Spring, Skipolini’s Italian, an award-winning, Bay-area restaurant, will be joining The Summit community. Skipolini’s will be bringing a 41-year, award-winning, reputation to The Summit, in the building just south of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse.
The menu at Skipolini’s Italian will feature pizzas, pastas and other classic Italian entrees in a sit-down setting. Some fifty employees will be hired to cater to the restaurant’s indoor and outdoor seating and provide a warm, family atmosphere.
The Reno location will also feature an authentic bicycle-driven gelato cart, currently being built in Italy. There will be an assortment of toys and other activities for younger patrons, too.
“The Summit is a vibrant destination, which makes it an ideal location to bring our time-tested and award-winning dining experience,” said Skipolini’s owner Kent Ipsen.
Skipolini’s will feature what Ipsen calls a man cave that a woman could love, including couches, artwork, televisions and an Italian shuffleboard table. The outdoor patio area will provide a fireplace, TV’s, informal couch seating, community tables and formal dining.
Lunch and dinner hours are available and Skipolini’s Italian will have a full-service bar with 20 craft beers and a Sommelier designated wine list.
“We are excited to add a very popular and exclusive restaurant to the mix of eateries here at The Summit this year,” said Alexia Bratiotis, general manager of The Summit. “Skipolini’s Italian is a nice neighborhood-family destination that will be immediately welcomed in south Reno.”
Though they’ve always been known for their award winning service and food, Skipolini’s Italian’s greatest claim to fame is their “Prego Pizza,” claimed to induce labor in expecting mothers.
“Prego Pizza originated in the Clayton, Calif. restaurant in 1981,” Ipsen said. “A longtime customer was very late into a difficult pregnancy, and she asked for something that would accelerate the birth. The manager there put 13 toppings on a large pizza, including extra garlic and onion. The woman went into labor that evening.”