10 Italian restaurant favorites in Las Vegas

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When it comes to Italian food there are many varieties to choose from and Las Vegas has them all. Whether you are hungry for Northern, Southern, family-style or gourmet Italian cuisine, there’s a restaurant for you. Here are 10 of our favorite places (in no particular order) to get a great Italian meal in Vegas:

Ferraro's ossobuco

Ferraro’s, 4480 Paradise Rd.: Ferraro’s family restaurant, located across from the Hard Rock Hotel, has been serving Italian favorites in Las Vegas since 1985. The Southern Italy-influenced cuisine features homemade pastas, sausage, breads and desserts. Don’t miss the award-winning ossobuco – and pair your dinner with a wine from Ferraro’s extensive cellar.

Rao’s, Caesars Palace: This legendary New York restaurant came to Las Vegas several years ago with its famous giant meatballs and other classic family recipes like Uncle Vincent’s Lemon Chicken, sausage with peppers and onions, steak pizzaiola and chicken cacciatore.

Sinatra, Encore: Sinatra serves Italian cuisine with a modern twist. The restaurant décor features Frank Sinatra memorabilia including his Academy Award for “From Here to Eternity.” On the menu are dishes like Frank’s Spaghetti and Clams, Ossobuco “My Way” and classics like lasagna Bolognese and risotto.

Rao's meatballs

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas:  If you want seafood from Italy, this is the place to go. Bartolotta flies seafood in from the Mediterranean that can be served on your table in as little as 24 hours. Bartolotta’s signature dishes include savory Ligurian octopus salad and red mullet with taggiasche. A large rolling fish cart comes to your table so you can choose the fresh catch of the day. The menu also features classic Italian dishes like antipasto and pastas.

Scarpetta, The Cosmopolitan: Chef Scott Conant is known for his spaghetti with tomato and basil — a simple but perfected dish. Other choices from the seasonally-inspired Italian menu include duck and foie gras ravioli, lardo-wrapped halibut, short rib agnolotti and more.

Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Steakhouse, the D Las Vegas:  This restaurant is a gem tucked into a corner of the second floor of The D in downtown Las Vegas. Joe Vicari serves a large selection of steaks and chops as well as seafood. There are also a variety of handmade pastas smothered in tasty sauces. Try the pappardelle with veal ragu — a veal stew with tomatoes, mushrooms, white wine and Asiago cheese served over thick cut handmade pasta. Other choices include potato gnocchi, lobster risotto and tortelloni with ricotta cheese filled pasta, sun dried tomatoes, grilled asparagus and roasted eggplant in a vermouth creme sauce.  Traditional Italian favorites like creamy tiramisu and cannolis are on the dessert menu.

B&B Ristorante, Venetian: Chef Mario Batali and Winemaker Joseph Bastianich pair up to serve classic Italian favorites but they also offer choices for the more adventurous diner. Enjoy specialties such as beef cheek ravioli with black truffles and crushed duck liver or whole grilled branzino with summer squash and salsa verde. The vast wine list features selections from every region in Italy.

Nove, the Palms:  The view is spectacular at this restaurant from Chef Geno Bernardo and the pasta is made in-house daily. Try the Sunday Gravy with Braciole, sausage, meatballs and pork gravy. Other pastas include Nove Spaghetti with lobster, shrimp, crab, scallop, calamari and basil; and ravioli with ricotta, walnut pesto and tomato sauce.

Onda

Onda Ristorante, The Mirage: This rustic Italian restaurant serves appetizers like meatballs, grilled octopus and buffalo mozzarella. Entrees include seafood stuffed ravioli bouillabaisse, braised beef cheeks, cioppino Genoa-style and classic meat lasagna. To accompany your meal, Onda offers Italian wine in flights and by the glass.

Circo, Bellagio: If you’re looking for an elegant, gourmet Italian restaurant, Circo is the place to go. The restaurant specializes in Tuscan cuisine, homemade pastas, grilled meats and fish, as well as hot and cold appetizers. Start with seasonal oysters or a grilled Mediterranean octopus salad. Pizzas include a smoked Scottish salmon with mascarpone cheese, onion, chives and American caviar. Try the pansotti pasta, made with braised duck filled pasta, chanterelle mushrooms, butter and Parmigiano sauce and an orange emulsion. Seafood options include a Tuscan fisherman’s stew.

Kristine McKenzie

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