Story and photos by Asa Gilmore
Casale’s Halfway Club is the oldest restaurant in Reno/Sparks, having been in operation for more than 70 years. On March 16, the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter of E Clampus Vitus presented the owners of Casale’s with a bronze plaque commemorating the rich history of this Nevada landmark.
E Clampus Vitus is an ancient fraternal organization working to preserve local history and build strong communities. The Snowshoe Thompson Chapter, Nevada’s first and oldest chapter of E Clampus Vitus, is one of four chapters currently in operation in the state.
For those who haven’t been, Casale’s Halfway Club is a true Nevada experience. This is a friendly place, a family place, and it has some of the best lasagna in the state. The picon punch is excellent as well. It’s worth noting that its ravioli all are made by hand, every day, with the same rolling pins that the family brought to America from Italy in the early 1900s.
A well-attended dedication ceremony was held, with the traditional beer poured over the bronze plaque to christen it. The plaque will be mounted inside the restaurant for viewing.
Casale’s Halfway Club
2501 E. Fourth St., Reno
775-323-3979 • Find Casale’s Halfway Club on Facebook