Whether you’re in the mood for some simple spaghetti, some oven-fired pizza, or some melt-in-the-mouth Osso Bucco, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Las Vegas. Thanks to its thriving food scene, the city’s home to more Italian restaurants than you’ll know what to do with. Granted, not all are good, but with some truly outstanding possibilities in the mix, you’ll never be short of choice. Next time you’re craving some first-class Italian fare, why not check out one of the options from our pick of the very best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas today?
Where: 191 South Arroyo Grande Henderson, NV 89012
Kicking off our rundown in style is Ventano, a gorgeously intimate little diner where the outstanding ambiance is equaled only by the divine food. Expect plenty of fresh seafood, homemade pasta made fresh to order, and a great range of slow-baked pizzas. Everything is cooked on the premises from scratch, and while this can make for a slightly longer wait time, trust us when we say you won’t regret those few extra minutes.
9. Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse @ The D Las Vegas
Where: 301 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101
If you’re craving some meaty, melt-in-the-mouth steak with an Italian twist, then head straight to Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse @ The D Las Vegas. Vibrant and just the right side of casual, it’s ideal for both mid-week blowouts and special occasions alike. Portions are generous (and when you taste the braised short ribs, you’ll thank your lucky stars they are), while the service is nothing short of superb.
8. Salvatore's Ristorante Italiano
Where: 9090 Alta Drive Las Vegas, NV 89145
Contemporary meets classic to stunning effect at the delightful Salvatore's Ristorante Italiano. Expect a friendly welcome, superb flavors, and affordable prices every day of the week, but in particular on Wednesdays, when every bottle of wine comes with a 50% discount.
7. Casanova Restaurant
Where: 3377 Las Vegas Blvd South Suite 2170 Las Vegas, NV 89109
Gorgeously intimate and romantic, Casanova Restaurant has the kind of look, feel, and menu that’ll transport you straight to the Italian countryside. The eclectic menu features a great selection of home-made pasta, seafood, and other classic dishes, all cooked to perfection and served with admirable attention to detail. Friendly and informal, it’s perfect for date night.
6. Panevino Restaurant
Where: 246 Via Antonia Ave Las Vegas, NV 89119-3527
If you like a big choice, then head to Panevino Restaurant, where the menu is about as wide as the day’s long. Just as impressive as the food selection is the interior, which manages to mirror the sexiness and vibrancy of Vegas to a tee. The service and wine list, meanwhile, are designed to impress… and in that, they more than succeed.
5. Fresco Italiano
Where: 3000 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV 89109
Despite being one of the newest restaurants to hit the Las Vegas scene, Fresco Italiano has already impressed enough to become something of a local favorite. Combining a casual, informal vibe with a fresh, simple menu, it makes a great spot to hang with friends over a cold glass of grappa and some inspiring food. The chance to create your own dish by pairing your favorite type of pasta with your choice of sauce is a nice little touch that’s well worth trying.
4. Cucina by Wolfgang Puck
Where: 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South #240 Las Vegas, NV 89109
The first of Wolfgang Puck’s ventures to make an appearance (expect more from the celeb chef shortly) is up next. Cucina is one of the best places in Vegas to grab a slice of truly authentic pizza. Situated inside The Shops at Crystals, the restaurant makes a great spot for people watching- well, it does if you can tear your eyes away from the food for two seconds, something that, when you consider what’s on offer, is no easy task. Osso Bucco with risotto Milanese and horseradish gremolata, Iberico Pork Loin with braised farro, cauliflower and apricot mostarda, Chicken Piccata with lemon-caper butter sauce and grilled escarole, and then there’s those pizzas….
3. Il Mulino New York - Las Vegas
Where: 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd Forum Shops, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV 89109
As soon as you walk through the doors of Il Mulino New York, you know you’re somewhere special. The elegant, eye-wateringly stylish dining room is softly lit with the glow of a series of huge iron chandeliers, while the private balcony offers some of the best views of the Strip you’ll find anywhere in Vegas. Romantic, elegant, and definitely somewhere that demands your finest attire, expect the finest service, the finest food, and the finest wine. Yes, it’s expensive, and yes, it’s not somewhere you can turn up to in your sneakers and get a seat, but for romantic dinners and special occasions, it’s hard to beat.
2. Bottiglia - Green Valley Ranch
Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway Henderson, NV 89052
Set within the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino in Henderson, Bottiglia is that rare combination of family-friendly destination and elegant diner. The menu is a riot of fresh seafood, seasonal ingredients, and local meats. For something truly extraordinary, don’t miss the house special, Pappardelle Bolognese- a symphony of pepper gravy, melt-in-the-mouth braised short ribs, and luxurious truffle ricotta. The wine list is just as superb as the food, with one of the best selections of old and new world wines you’ll find in Vegas.
1. Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89119
Last up we have Lupo by Wolfgang Puck. As you’d expect of any establishment that falls under Puck’s umbrella, quality is the name of the game here. The menu manages to be both authentic and innovative, marrying tastes from the old country with the most up-to-date preparations and techniques. The interior, meanwhile, is extraordinary, boasting antipasto and dessert stations, a glass-enclosed area where you can watch the chefs prepare your pasta from scratch, and a huge bar that dominates the central area. As you’d expect, high prices come with the territory, but for special occasions, it’s more than worth the blowout.
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