Celebrate Italian cuisine in style in Las Vegas
Italian is one of the favorite food categories of Americans. In this month when so many celebrations and family reunions are centered around classic American comfort food, maybe now is a good time to go Italian and mix things up a bit. And this is absolutely the right place to do it.
A fantastic Italian restaurant has long been a crux of all the casino megastations that line the Las Vegas Strip, and the latest property on the boulevard has one of the most exciting new restaurants to land in the city in years. Brezza (702.676.6014) at Resorts World Las Vegas features the cuisine of veteran Executive Chef Nicole Brisson, and the menu divides the difference between the classic dishes everyone loves and regional, ingredient-focused creations you won’t find anywhere else. You can find a caprese salad of heirloom tomatoes or a kale salad with figs and date vinaigrette, salty and spicy bucatini alla amatricana or mezzaluna pasta with seafood with shellfish butter and fresh tarragon, a fantastic Piedmontese fillet or pan-fried orata with caviar and crispy potatoes. This is an Italian restaurant that could change the way you eat.
When you think of classic Las Vegas cuisine, you can’t leave out Piero’s Italian cuisine (702.369.2305). The old-fashioned restaurant near the Las Vegas Convention Center has satisfied locals and visitors for generations, and while it’s the perfect place to revisit all your favorite Italian dishes like meatballs, fagioli pasta, chicken or eggplants and rigatoni with Sunday sauce, Chef Chris Conlon spices things up with new twists and fresh flavors worth exploring. Try the steamed mussels with white wine, garlic and Calabrian pepper; short rib beef pizzaiola with cipollini onions and sweet peppers; or mushroom risotto with white truffle butter and Parmesan. You won’t regret returning to this local restaurant icon.
Esther’s kitchen (702.570.7864) has become everyone’s favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant, no matter what neighborhood you live in, and one of the best reasons to explore the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. There are dishes on this menu that are simply too beloved to change, but this creative cuisine continues to move forward with new thoughtful dishes like the rich chicken liver fegatini with balsamic and strawberry served with the bread. homemade sourdough, beef cheek and red wine pizza with fontina cheese and mushrooms, ricotta gnudi with pistachio pesto and a dry aged New York steak with gorgonzola leaves and a potato gratin ‘garlic. Sorry to make your mouth water.
For that great evening feeling, knock Carbon (877.230.2742) at Aria, straight from New York with all the flash and style you could possibly want. Table service adds a lot of sparkle to this dining experience, but it’s a place of substance. Baked clams, spicy rigatoni vodka, veal parmesan and lobster fra diavolo are all legendary. It’s hard to decide which signature to ignore in order to make room for linguine and clams – Dover Sole makes piccata, crisp and spicy chicken scarpariello or the equally memorable cherry ribs. And you can’t leave without a slice of tiramisu, cheesecake or decadent blackout cake. It is simply not an option.
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