Dress code: Business Casual
Quality: a degree of grade or excellence. It's a word that's thrown around with little care these days. Oh, that tie is only 35 percent polyester, as opposed to 100 percent polyester, it must be better quality. But at Zeffirino Las Vegas, the word "quality" can't be emphasized enough.
Zeffirino is an old school restaurant -- great food, impeccable service, and an all-around quality dining experience.
Don't be fooled by the downstairs patio with bistro-style tables and a bar, upstairs is the large, multi-roomed main dining area. The restaurant extends over the Grand Canal Shoppes where tranquil water below and gondoliers singing opera favorites add to the dining experience. Caramel colored walls, deep booths and Italian statues adorn the richly-decorated dining areas.
Everything at Zeffirino, from the floor to the chandeliers, is imported from Italy. Under the direction of General Manager Jerry Mannino, the service is choreographed beautifully. Master Chef Gian Paolo Belloni, has a rich history of Italian cuisine, learning from his father, Zeffirino Belloni, and carrying on the tradition of Italian cooking to the Las Vegas restaurant.
With a prime location inside the Venetian, Belloni's cuisine extends far beyond what it has to, and keeps both tourists and locals coming back.
Executive Chef, Francesco Schintu' prepares starters like a cream of asparagus soup with king crab, drizzled with asparagus oil.
A lobster salad with meaty chunks of lobster, oranges, tomato confit and diced zucchini and carrots, chopped grape and strawberry and a hint of basil chiffonade serves as a great salad course. The flavors of this dish are amazing: light, with the richness of the lobster contrasting the vegetables.
Entrées include a risotto with porcini mushrooms and baby shrimp, served with a little prosecco and lobster sauce. Other choices include cheese ravioli with spinach and basil grilled swordfish and shrimp with mushroom, asparagus and tomato, with mustard sauce.
A tender filet mignon in a balsamic reduction is served with spinach and Yukon gold potatoes.
Homemade gelato is the highlight on the dessert menu. Made fresh, an assortment of deliciously creamy gelato awaits you at the end (or beginning) of your meal.
Ask your server to pair your meal with bottles of wine from Zeffirino's Italian wine list. Italian wine, Italian cooking, Italian décor, by all accounts, you could leave the restaurant speaking a whole new language.
Zeffirino Las Vegas is a must visit. It's a true jewel on the Strip where so many restaurants come and go. The authenticity, attention to detail and frankly, some of the best Italian food in the city, make Zeffirino a winner. Open since 1999 in Las Vegas, and originally established in 1939, Zeffirino's staying power reverts back to one word: quality.
-- Review By Nikki Neu