Best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.