When it comes to Italian food there are many varieties to choose from. Whether you are hungry for Northern, Southern, family-style or gourmet Italian, Las Vegas has a restaurant for you. Here are 10 of our favorites:
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.
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.
Costa di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas
If you want seafood from Italy, this is the place to go. The restaurant flies seafood in from the Mediterranean that can be served on your table in as little as 24 hours. 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.
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.
Scarpetta, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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.
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. 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.
B&B Ristorante, Venetian
Chef Mario Batali and Winemaker Joseph Bastianich serve classic Italian favorites but also like to offer something 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 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.
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.
Giada, The Cromwell
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis' first restaurant is 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. Lunch and dinner items include lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni. Desserts, like the lemon ricotta cookies and sorbets, serve as the perfect ending.