By Yvonne Newman
Even though you’re far from Italy, downtown Las Vegas is home to some of The Boot’s most traditional and inventive fare. So if a craving for fresh pastas, rich sauces and other Italian delights hits, then these are your go-to spots.
ANDIAMO STEAKHOUSE AT THE D LAS VEGAS
Developed in Detroit by Joe Vicari, Andiamo serves Italian food with a high level of refinement. The menu boasts unique pastas with award-winning sauces, like the Pappardelle with Veal Ragu and Tortellaci Guiseppe, giant ricotta cheese-filled tortellini with Italian sausage, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, onions and creamy marsala. thed.com/dining/andiamo-steakhouse
GROTTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT AT GOLDEN NUGGET
Enjoy delicious food with a side of romance and a view of the resort’s famous shark-inhabited pool. Favorites at Grotto include the Stuffed Mushrooms filled with five cheeses and the Meatzza pizza. Don’t miss creative concoctions like the Veal Kickerillo with Parmesan-crusted scaloppine served with fettuccine Alfredo and the Linguine Pescatore, full of jumbo shrimp, mussels, clams and crab claws in a spicy arrabiata. grottorestaurants.com/locations/las-vegas.asp
Located at 820 S. 4th St., this restaurant with a 30-year history is something of a hidden gem, known for its warm, down-home atmosphere. Start off with Mussels Marinara followed by one of Chicago Joe’s signature dishes—Shrimp Parmigiana, Chicken Angelo or Linguine with the White Clam sauce. Your taste buds, stomach, heart and head will all be shouting, “That’s amore!” chicagojoesrestaurant.com
FELLINI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO AT STRATOSPHERE CASINO, HOTEL & TOWER
Themed murals on the walls transport you to Italy’s most enchanting cities. Classic and contemporary dishes from a variety of regions are showcased on the menu. Savor everything from bruschetta, Caesar salad and pizza to Penne with Lobster and Asparagus in a three cheese sauce and Linguine Vongole, baby clams served in a rich broth. stratospherehotel.com/Food-Drink/Fellinis-Ristorante
OSCAR’S BEEF • BOOZE • BROADS AT PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO
This steakhouse, created by former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman and housed in a dome overlooking Fremont Street, features several Italian delights. Dig into Benny’s House Made Ricotta on toasted ciabatta bread or Izzy M’s Fried Calamari. The Mob Meatballs with roast chicken, veggies and Parmigiana cheese are to die for. oscarslv.com
Start planning your trip to enjoy an Italian feast at allegiant.com.