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Return to fundamentals: Curation is at its most interesting on the new Cosmo’s Snack Bar

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In my travels, folks usually current me with cocktail menus and choices which might be a universe of complexity, showcasing tons of components and strategies. Whereas there’s nothing inherently unsuitable with this concept, I’m usually left asking: Why?

Modifying is essentially the most indispensable talent a bar can showcase, as a result of to edit a drink or menu is to whittle it all the way down to its most important elements. I need to know that every concept in your menu is there for a cause, not simply to showcase what you are able to do for the sake of doing it. You hardly ever glimpse this model of care and curation such as you do at Cosmo’s Snack Bar.

Nestled within the coronary heart of the Wells Avenue neighborhood, the brand-new pizza restaurant is dwelling to a few of Reno’s most excellent pizzas and snacks. Except for the world-class pizza, it is usually the brand new dwelling of co-managing accomplice/proprietor Chris Costa, the 18-year Reno bar veteran whose final venture, Reno Public Home, helped usher in a brand new period of laid-back excellence that helped outline the Midtown Reno model.

“I discovered myself returning to the tried-and-true issues that I genuinely take pleasure in after this lengthy within the business, so it is a return to fundamentals for me,” Costa defined as he described his imaginative and prescient for the brand new bar program at Cosmo’s. “We need to be on the map as a result of folks know we do one thing very particular very properly,” he mentioned.

With a restricted, considerate menu, Cosmo’s goals to seize your consideration with high quality over amount. The first choices are a build-your-own spritz, a draft negroni, 4 draft beers and three wines on faucet. However not all issues have to be Italian on this pizza joint.

“We aren’t dogmatic about it having to be Italian,” mentioned Costa. “We need to have the most effective issues for our meals.”

He and his workers are aiming for native beers, curated spirits and the absolute best wine matches.

In true European trend, Costa recommends at the least three drinks on the desk without delay. “Open up with a spritz; get a lightweight appetizer; get a few pizzas; dive into some wine as day turns into night time; and finish it with some comfortable serve with a splash of Amaro,” he mentioned. This model of a protracted, relaxed dinner in a minimalist eating room stuffed with buddies and laughter is the tip aim for Costa, who’s somebody who will open a favourite wine and fill the cup of anybody prepared to strive one thing new.

Cultivating high quality requires model and nuance. It requires a dedication to an idea and an unwavering consideration to element. The entire crew at Cosmo’s has spent the previous few years considering by means of these particulars in order that whenever you stroll by means of the door, the choices are restricted—however excellent. They need you to really feel wrapped up of their greatest intentions, and to me, that’s the definition of hospitality.

Cosmo’s Snack Bar is positioned at 253 E. Arroyo St. and is open every day.

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