10 places to get great Italian food in Vegas

Italian food is one of those things that just about everyone loves. And what’s not to love? Pasta. Pizza. Hearty sauces. Cheese. Fresh seafood. Pretty much everything about Italian food is awesome.

When it comes to Italian food there are lots of choices and Vegas has you covered. Whether you are hungry for Northern, Southern, family-style or gourmet Italian, we’ve got it. Here are some of our favorite places to get Italian food. Mangia!

The Red Room at Carbone, photo courtesy of Aria.

The Red Room at Carbone, photo courtesy of Aria.

Carbone at Aria
Carbone
is where you go if you want New York Italian food in a cool, old-school atmosphere. The restaurant, from Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, serves cuisine perfected at the renowned New York location.

The famous Captains, who serve at the restaurant, wear burgundy-colored tuxedos created by fashion designer Zac Posen to reflect 1950s fashion and there are two beautiful dining rooms. The Blue Room features walls composed of tiles from New York subway stations. The Red Room was inspired by the Milan Opera and features a floor-to-ceiling Murano glass chandelier.

But enough about the décor. Let’s talk about the food. Meals start with antipasti including baked clams, crab cakes and sizzling pancetta. Pasta lovers should try the restaurant’s signature spicy rigatoni vodka or gemelli di rabe, linguini vognole, tortellini al ragu and more.

For main entrees, guests can choose from seafood favorites like whole branzino, Dover piccata and lobster fra diavolo or meat dishes like lamb chops, veal, steaks and chicken scarpariello.

Lasagna verde at Lago, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Lasagna verde at Lago, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Lago at Bellagio
Want to try a bunch of different Italian dishes? Head to Michelin Star Chef Julian Serrano’s Lago and try the variety of small plates.

Small plates include raw seafood like ahi tuna and Skuna Bay salmon. There are also a variety of meat and cheese plates, pizzas, pastas and vegetarian dishes. Be sure to try the risotto al vino rosso, made with red wine and burrata.

If small plates just aren’t enough for you, there is a “Piatti Grandi” section of the menu, for those who want a more indulgent meal like a one-pound bone-in ribeye, red wine braised osso buco and baked boneless whole fish for two.

Bonus: Besides enjoying the food, you can enjoy a spectacular view. Lago overlooks the lake and fountains in front of the Bellagio through floor-to-ceiling windows and has a beautiful outdoor patio space.

Osso Buco at Ferraro's, photo courtesy of Ferraro's.

Osso Buco at Ferraro’s, photo courtesy of Ferraro’s.

Ferraro’s, 4480 Paradise Road
With fine Italian cuisine and a great wine selection, Ferraro’s is a great place to go for Italian favorites. The restaurant, which has been in Las Vegas since 1985, takes pride in serving food from time-honored family recipes including homemade pasta, sausage, breads, desserts, fresh seafood, natural prime steaks, and award-winning osso buco. The cuisine is influenced by the family’s Southern Italian heritage.

The menu features risotto and pasta, which is made in-house. Try the gnocchi pomodoro or tagliatelle nduja with smoked spicy Calabria sausage, fresh sea urchin and caciocavallo cheese.

Main dishes include veal piccata, grilled branzino and braised prime short ribs served with polenta, mushrooms and castelmagno cheese fondue.

Ferraro’s also has an extensive wine cellar that will provide the perfect complement to your meal. The restaurant was recognized by Wine Spectator with a “Best of Award of Excellence” and the Prestigious Wine Enthusiast Award.

Giada offers amazing views of the Strip, photo courtesy of The Cromwell.

Giada offers amazing views of the Strip, photo courtesy of The Cromwell.

Giada at The Cromwell
Want your Italian food from a celebrity chef? Try Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, located at The Cromwell.

The cuisine embraces her passion for Italian cooking with lighter California influences. Guests can enjoy De Laurentiis’ signature dishes, family recipes and a signature antipasto station. An open kitchen lets diners watch chefs prepare specialty pastas, flatbreads and desserts.

Menu items include lemon spaghetti with shrimp, rigatoni with vegetable Bolognese, a 28-ounce bone-in Tuscan ribeye, veal chop saltimbocca and small plates including orzo meatballs and pizzette.

Desserts, like the must-try lemon ricotta cookies, serve as the perfect ending.

On the weekends, Giada offers a brunch with dishes like Waldorf panzanella, a muffaletta sandwich and strawberry polenta waffles. Items can be ordered à la carte or guests can choose a prix fixe tasting menu. Of course, bottomless mimosas are also available.

Located on The Cromwell’s second level, Giada offers beautiful views of the Strip and Bellagio fountains across the street. The windows are retractable, giving guests an al fresco dining experience.

Grilled octopus, photo courtesy of B&B Ristorante.

Grilled octopus, photo courtesy of B&B Ristorante.

B&B Ristorante at the Venetian
Everyone knows Chef Mario Batali knows a thing or two about Italian food. He and Winemaker Joseph Bastianich serve classic Italian favorites with a gourmet twist at their B&B Ristorante.

Start out with burrata, grilled octopus or pork belly for appetizers. Pasta dishes include black spaghetti with nduja and Sicilian pesto; gnocchi with rabbit confit; orecchiette with spicy lamb sausage; and linguine with clams, celery leaf pesto and Calabrian chili.

Main dishes include a whole grilled branzino, grilled lamb chops, short rib al Barolo and dry aged ribeye for two.

The wine list features selections from every region in Italy.

The outdoor lagoon at Costa di Mare, photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas.

The outdoor lagoon at Costa di Mare, photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas.

Costa di Mare at Wynn
If it’s Italian seafood you’re looking for, Costa di Mare is the place. The restaurant serves fresh Mediterranean seafood and Italian coastal cuisine from Chef Mark LoRusso. The restaurant works with local fisherman and markets from every region in Italy to offer things like langoustines, Mediterranean blue, spiny, and slipper lobsters, imperial red prawns and daily specials like Venetian soft-shell crab.

Other dishes include fresh seafood pastas like tagliatelle with cuttlefish, shrimp and lobster; spaghetti with rock lobster; and linguine with clams.

For non-seafood lovers, there are options including organic roasted chicken, a seared filet of beef and roasted rack of lamb.

There are two levels of seating along with semi-private tables surrounding a beautiful intimate lagoon outside.

The patio at Sinatra, photo courtesy of Encore.

The patio at Sinatra, photo courtesy of Encore.

Sinatra at Encore
Sinatra
offers modern Italian cuisine from the mind and creative spirit of chef Theo Schoenegger.

Highlights include Frank’s spaghetti & clams with Manila clams, tomato, garlic broth and imported pasta. Other pastas include lasagna Bolognese, agnolotti and braised rabbit ravioli. There are also seafood options and meat dishes like veal Parmigiana, osso buco “My Way” and a 10-ounce beef tenderloin with Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select Madagascar green peppercorn sauce.

Enjoy Sinatra’s cuisine from the main dining room, a 10-seat chef’s table, or Tuscan-inspired patio. Also enjoy Frank Sinatra memorabilia including his Grammy awards, and an Academy Award.

Rao's, photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Rao’s, photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Rao’s at Caesars Palace
The original Rao’s in New York City opened in 1896 so we’d say they have perfected their family’s style of Southern Italian cuisine. The location at Caesars Palace, with a dining room, patio and private event space, is much larger than the 12-table New York location.

Pastas include penne vodka, spinach and ricotta raviolil, shell pasta with ricotta cheese and spaghetti alla Bolognese. Main dishes include veal Parmesan, osso buco, shrimp fra diavolo, eggplant Parmesan and the famous Uncle Vincent’s Lemon Chicken.

You might also want to save room for a side of Rao’s meatballs and some dessert such as tiramisu, cannoli and New York cheesecake.

Scarpetta, photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Scarpetta, photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Chef Scott Conant brings his modern Italian cuisine to Las Vegas in an elegant restaurant that still maintains its rustic roots. Scarpetta is an Italian expression meaning “little shoe” or in food, it’s the bread that is used to soak up a dish. You will have plenty to soak up at Scarpetta. Don’t leave without enjoying a plate of Chef Scott Conant’s famous spaghetti. Yes, it’s that good.

Walk past the long bar area and into the main dining room, where the view of the Bellagio fountains sets the Italian mood.

Start out with an appetizer like crispy fritto misto, Mediterranean octopus or creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms. Move on to the pasta including duck and foie gras ravioli, short rib agnolotti and black tagliolini with uni, Dungeness crab and tobiko.

Main dishes include veal chop, branzino and apple glazed Kurobata pork chops.

Osso buco, photo courtesy of Piero's.

Osso buco, photo courtesy of Piero’s.

Piero’s, 355 Convention Center Drive
This bastion of old Vegas has been in town since 1982 and has played host to a number of celebrities, politicians and other, shall we say, colorful Vegas characters. Part of the movie “Casino” was even shot in Piero’s.

The menu remains the same as when it opened and includes appetizers like seafood salad, prosciutto and melon and roasted bell peppers with garlic and olive oil.

Pasta lovers can indulge in linguine with clams, fettuccine alla puttanesca and agnolotti with spinach and cream sauce. For entrees, choose from veal chop, chicken alla Milanese, fresh fish and New York steak.

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