When it comes to a whimsical setting, Trevi in the Forum Shops takes the cake. With patio seating next to the gurgling, bubbling Fountain of the Gods, this enjoyable and attractive restaurant brings fine Italian cuisine to the hungry shoppers at Caesars Palace's mercantile extravaganza.
While it's all ancient Rome outside Trevi, inside the décor and the menu offers a modern take on Italian dining. Inside, Trevi is filled with a warm, luminescent glow of a striking central chandelier. Its iridescent, textured glasswork pairs well with the smooth mid-century modern lines of the restaurant's chairs and tables.
Sitting on either the main or upper floor, Trevi diners can choose from a smart selection of appetizers including calamari fritti, bruschetta, and a warm dip of crabmeat, spinach and artichoke. The polenta fries are particularly festive -- strips of homemade polenta (or corn grits) are fried and served with a side of light marinara sauce.
Trevi offers a number of salads, offering a wider selection than in many Italian establishments. The Tuscan tuna salad is full of imported tuna meat, cannelloni beans, kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes. The Italian chopped salad is a Mediterranean take on the chef salad -- it features chicken, salami, cheeses, garbanzo beans and red onion. And the light, basic field greens and balsamic dressing salad matches perfectly with Trevi's house minestrone soup.
For light lunches or sharing at dinner, Trevi's brick oven bakes classic pizzas to crispy perfection, with selections including chicken marinato (with chicken, pancetta, garlic, spinach and mozzarella) and margherita to all-time favorites like pepperoni or Italian sausage.
Trevi offers an all-Italy, non-regional style menu, and there are numerous American-Italian influences, too. Of course this means time-honored standbys like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, cheese ravioli, and clams linguini. They are all savory and hearty choices.
From here, Trevi's pastas branch out into combinations more common in Italy than here in America, including the linguini al frutti di mare (filled with shrimp, scallops, lobster and tomatoes in a seafood cream sauce) and a penne putanesca with its sassy combination of kalamata olives and capers. The chicken cannelloni are stuffed brimful with chicken, ricotta and mozzarella, yet they are light and airy in a tomato basil sauce.
In the entrée column, Trevi offers a deftly prepared daily risotto special. Other choices include veal Parmigiana, sausage and peppers with polenta, chicken Marsala, and veal picatta. And, as Trevi is in Las Vegas, of course there is steak -- here it's a tenderloin with a red wine and mushroom sauce accompaniment. Sides such as grilled asparagus, roasted asparagus, and sautéed green beans are available.
Trevi also offers a fountain of after-dinner or midday dessert treats, such as cannoli, cheesecake, crème brûlée and a rainbow of gelato and sorbet flavors.