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The 15 best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas

Eat tons of pasta and pizza, with a side of wine, when dining at the best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas

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By Sarah Feldberg |
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Never mind the stereotypes of greasy pizza and limp fettuccine. The best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas elevate pasta to an art form, shaping it by hand and swathing perfectly pliable noodles in knee-weakening sauces. Head to these joints before catching one of the best Las Vegas shows or after a day spent scouring the best things to do in Las Vegas. From foie-infused alfredo to simple spaghetti in tomato sauce to out-of-this-world osso bucco, these eateries deliver an authentic taste of Italy so vibrant, you’ll forget you’re 6,000 miles away. Word to the wise: don’t even think about taking advantage of the best Las Vegas happy hour deals before visiting these restaurants—you’ll want to save room for a bottle (or three) of real good Italian wine.

Best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas

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Andiamo Italian Steakhouse
Photograph: Courtesy the D
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse

icon-location-pin Downtown

This Detroit-born eatery inside the D hotel and casino has a case of dual personalities. Is it a steakhouse? Yes. Is it an Italian restaurant? You bet. Is it worth trying? Absolutely. Along with the standard range of steaks, there’s a full menu of Italian temptations, from arancini rice balls to veal osso bucco to gnocchi with smoked salmon and kale in a lemon-thyme cream sauce.

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Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Ferraro’s
Restaurants, Italian

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

icon-location-pin East of the strip

The Ferraro family has been keeping Las Vegas in osso bucco for 30 years, but they’re far from one-trick restaurateurs. The menu at their Paradise Road restaurant just across from the Hard Rock ranges from entry-level flavors to more sophisticated fare like braised rabbit or tripe in spicy tomato sauce, best washed down with a bottle of Italian red. Need a late-night snack? Ferraro’s serves a limited menu from 11pm-2am at 25% off regular prices.

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Nove Italiano
Photograph: Jonathan Perugia
Restaurants

Nove Italiano

icon-location-pin West of the Strip

This Italian sister to N9ne sits atop the Palms’ luxury Fantasy Tower and boasts one of the best views in town, along with beautifully modern decor. Skip the steaks and stick to dishes like risotto with scallops and peperonata or veal Milanese with a side of Death by Potatoes—gloriously gluttonous spuds topped with pancetta, mascarpone and butter. On a budget? Sit at the bar, where an extensive menu of small plates is served for just $9 apiece.

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Nora’s Italian Cuisine
Photograph: Courtesy Nora’s Italian Cuisine
Restaurants, Italian

Nora’s Italian Cuisine

icon-location-pin West Las Vegas

Mention Nora’s to anyone who lives in Las Vegas, and you’ll receive a knowing nod. This neighborhood eatery has been a fixture in the Valley for decades and last fall it packed up and relocated to new digs. The move has served both the business and its patrons. The dining room is bigger, there’s more parking available, a bocce court beckons and the kitchen is stocked with high-end toys, put to use on old favorites and fresh items. Most importantly, it still feels like Nora’s—the kind of neighborhood joint you wish was right down the street.

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Buddy V’s Ristorante
Photograph: Bill Milne
Restaurants, Italian

Buddy V’s Ristorante

icon-location-pin The Strip

You know him as the Cake Boss but, at the Venetian, he’s Buddy V, the proprietor of this eponymous restaurant and bake shop where the dishes are crowd-pleasing, the portions are huge and no one’s allowed to skip dessert. This is casual, homey cooking, so come hungry, order family style and leave in a blissful food coma.

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Joey's
Photograph: Courtesy Joey's
Restaurants, Pizza

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