10 Best Dining: Enjoy A Taste Of Italy At These Fabulous Las Vegas Restaurants

Next time you're craving some mouth-watering Italian fare, leave the passport at home and head to Las Vegas instead. The city is home to some of the best Italian restaurants this side of Rome, including the Strip outpost of New York's famed (and almost impossible to get into) Rao's. Some of the country's most celebrated chefs have Italian restaurants here, too, like Lupo by Wolfgang Puck, Scott Conant's D.O.C.G. and Carla Pellegrino's Bratalian. For those hungry for a feast for the senses, Trevi boasts one of the best indoor patios in town (great for people watching!) while Panevino offers guests a view worth salivating over thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows that face the glittering Las Vegas Strip. If you prefer to dine with the stars instead of gazing at them, Lavo is known for its celebrity clientele, as is Piero's, which has been attracting everyone from celebrities to presidents to its tables for more than 30 years. In a rush? Onda offers a delectable small bites menu in its wine lounge that's perfect for before or after a show. And, when you want to escape from it all but don't want to venture far from the Strip, Verandah's picturesque garden terrace offers guests a delightful respite that's matched only by the restaurant's exceptional Italian cuisine. Regardless of what you're looking for, these 10 restaurants are sure to leave guests saying, "Now that's amore!"

Photo courtesy of Bratalian

Bringing her famous celebrity chef fare to Henderson, Carla Pellegrino's Bratalian is an intimate neighborhood restaurant focusing on simplistic, flavorful Italian home-style cuisine in a relaxed, picturesque setting replicating Naples. Although...  Read More

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Celebrity chef Scott Conant's first foray into a more a casual yet still sophisticated dining concept, D.O.C.G. is a rustic Italian restaurant featuring pizzas, pastas, steaks and chops. The design is at once modern and rustic, with exposed...  Read More

Even in the desert, the weather isn't always ideal for year-round patio dining. That is, of course, unless you're dining at Trevi. Boasting one of the best indoor patios in town, guests will feel like they're dining in Rome as they sit next to...  Read More

Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
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Famed chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is the creative force behind this Las Vegas delight, a Roman-style trattoria with influences from neighboring, northern regions. Signature dishes include the Gamberetti and Fagioli (sauteed shrimp with...  Read More

This restaurant was formerly known as Onda Ristorante, and in its new incarnation as Portofino, it continues to be one of the city's finest Italian restaurants, serving classic, rustic Italian cuisine with American innovations. Offering an array...  Read More

Lavo Italian Restaurant
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A celebrity favorite, this Strip hot spot is an Italian restaurant by day (or early evening) and a hip nightclub at night. Boasting a picturesque Strip-front patio and sumptuous Southern Italian cuisine, signature offerings include the Baked...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Rao's

Another example of Las Vegas's penchant for having its own versions of some of America's best restaurants, this outpost of the East Harlem original keeps the same great food and adds in views of the resort's pool--not to mention a bocce ball...  Read More

East Of The Strip
Photo courtesy of Jim Decker

Relive the days of the Rat Pack at this retro-styled Vegas mainstay, where leather booths and plenty of attitude-infused atmosphere set the scene. A recipient of many prestigious awards including the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award...  Read More

A favorite among the city's many performers, Verandah is truly one of Las Vegas' hidden gems. Guests have the option of dining on an expansive garden terrace that overlooks the resort's lushly landscaped private pool during warmer months...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Panevino

Worth the trip no matter what side of town you're on, Panevino serves a menu that appeals to those seeking authentic, traditional Italian cuisine. With unrivaled views of the Las Vegas Strip framed by slanted window walls, Panevino sustains the...  Read More


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