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IZABELLA RISTORANTE ITALIANO As Twain said back during his visit, “Three months of camp life on Lake Tahoe would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor and give him an appetite like an alligator.” Satisfy your well-earned appetite at this restaurant in the heart of the hotel strip along the state line. Since opening last June, it has been getting rave reviews for its hearty Italian meals, including classic pasta dishes, veal parmigiana, and chicken saltimbocca, plus an extensive Italian and Californian wine list and free focaccia bread. Top it off with an Espresso Mud Pie for dessert. The restaurant features a friendly low-key atmosphere, nice for a casual night out on a lakeside holiday. Details: 3967 Lake Tahoe Blvd.,South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 530-544-0400; izabellatahoe.com. Entrees $17-$30. LAKE HOUSE Despite the name, this new fine-dining restaurant with a casual vibe is not actually on the lake, but rather at the southwest edge of South Lake Tahoe along a revitalized section of town around the “Y” — a three-way intersection of highways 50 and 89. The Lake House has a classic steakhouse decor with comfy booths and dim lighting, but with the quirky Tahoe twist of nautically inspired artwork and hanging driftwood. The filet mignon in peppercorn sauce (left) is worth the drive from the lake, and a jalapeño-infused ceviche appetizer and roasted trout entree provides a seafood treat for those inspired by Tahoe. Details: 1181 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 530-541-3433; thelakehousetahoe.com. Entrees $30-$45. Also at the “Y,” the newly renovated Crossing at Tahoe Valley shopping and dining center adds several new spots, including the Lake Tahoe Aleworx brewpub featuring craft beers and wood-fired pizzas. THE LODGE AT EDGEWOOD TAHOE Scheduled to open in late June, this massive $100 million resort project on the Nevada side of South Lake Tahoe creates a new hotel on the grounds of the lakeside Edgewood Golf Course — home to July’s annual American Century celebrity tournament. The Lodge opens with 154 luxury rooms, each with its own balcony or terrace and a gas fireplace. A towering classic mountain-style main lodge anchors the property, which includes a spa (above), bar, restaurant, and large event space. On the 235-acre lakefront grounds, the golf course upgrades with lodge access and a new ninth fairway and lakeside green. The lodge’s access to an adjacent public swimming beach with watersport rentals and walking paths ups the incentive to get outdoors. After a day on the lake or golf course, retire to the Pool Bar and watch the sunset over the shimmering Lake Tahoe waters. Details: 100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, Nev.; 888-881-8659; edgewoodtahoe.com. Rooms from $350; green fees from $150.

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