Greasy slices of pizza and bottomless vats of pasta are staples of buffets in Las Vegas—but Las Vegas’s best Italian and pizza restaurants offer a whole lot more. From the mouthwatering parmigiana of the authentic Brooklyn joint Montesano’s to the enjoyably kitsch Sinatra (whose walls come decked out in Ol’ Blue Eyes memorabilia), these eateries are sure to bring the Old Country to life. Buon appetito!
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Best Italian and pizza restaurants in Las Vegas
The original Rao’s has been operating in New York City for more than 115 years, and is known as one of the toughest reservations in the Big Apple. The Caesars Palace spinoff is a lot easier to access, although you’ll still need to book in advance. And the food is well worth the wait: classic Italian recipes that have been fine-tuned by the same family for more than a century. One of the house specialties is spaghetti alla bolognese, but everything on the menu is sure to please.
Inspired, of course, by the Chairman of the Board himself, this dinner-only Italian restaurant is subtly decorated with Ol’ Blue Eyes memorabilia—including the Oscar Sinatra won for his role in From Here to Eternity—and transports visitors back to an earlier moment in Vegas history. Start with the signature Sinatra Smash cocktail and move on to the lobster risotto, osso bucco "My Way" and veal milanese.
This operation comes with a flamboyance that’s two parts Italian, one part Las Vegan and three parts pure showbiz. There’s a full menu here, Italian staples such as you’d expect. But the entertainment is the key: lounge acts with patter as old as the city itself. That said, it all makes perfect sense. A 24-hour classic.
Stephen Hanson remodeled the once-proud Olio into this beautiful if oversized trattoria, a sister to his Fiamma Osteria in New York’s Soho. A favorite for its cozy, trendy bar scene, Fiamma also dishes up Italian faves, such as lobster gnocchi and short rib raviolini, as well as a few chophouse-style steak, seafood and poultry dishes. Save room for dessert: the chocolatey Torta al Cioccolato is heaven.
It might feel like a kitschy pop-culture joint, but this longtime family-run establishment is an authentic slice of Brooklyn in Vegas that’s been around for more than two decades. Folks line up daily for fresh-baked bread, decadent desserts and tasty takeaway, or sit down in the dining room for eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi with pink cream sauce, which competes with an extensive and original selection of pizzas.
This expensive sister to N9ne sits atop the Palms’ super-luxury Fantasy Tower and boasts one of the best views in town, along with beautiful modern decor. The steaks are mediocre and the service is steeped with attitude. But for all that, the only complaint you’ll hear about the Nove spaghetti, prepared with lobster, shrimp, crab, scallop, calamari and basil, will relate to its $43 price tag.
The number-one reason to eat at Panevino is the panoramic view, offered through architecturally enhanced windows that run the length of the restaurant and frame the action at McCarran International Airport and the Strip beyond. The food, though, comes a close second: the menu has plenty of interesting offerings, including risottos, pastas, pizzas and seafood.
For the most part, Caesars and the adjacent Forum Shops wear their theming lightly. One notable exception is this Italian eaterie, named for the fountain and located right by its Vegas replica. Trevi replaced the long-serving Bertolini’s, and previous visitors may not notice a great deal of difference in the menu of Italian comfort food. But this is still a reliable option; and next to its competitors in the Forum Shops, it’s pretty fairly priced.
Piero Selvaggio’s companion restaurant to his LA original, delivered by executive chef Luciano Pellegrini, is authentic in every regard. The food is plenty impressive, whether you order pollo al mattone (young chicken in a succulent lemon caper sauce), veal or baked Mediterranean bass. Accompany your choice with one of the Italian cocktails and finish with tiramisu or flan—all delivered in a room that stays on the right side of the line separating handsome from gauche.