Las Vegas' Best Italian Restaurants for Pasta, Pizza and More

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas’ Italian restaurants span every style of the popular cuisine, from those offering traditional dishes to places with innovative creations. The city has always been home to many Italian restaurants and in recent years has attracted chefs from around the globe, a development that’s been very good for diners.

Some notable chefs specialize in Italian dishes, like Scott Conant at Scarpetta, where his creations bring a new perspective to the cuisine. Whether the mind behind the kitchen is creating new flavors or faithfully staying true to old recipes, one constant at any of these restaurants is a commitment to quality, fresh ingredients from the pasta to the fish.

While the Strip is home to many of Las Vegas’ finest Italian restaurants, there are plenty of note-worthy restaurants in other parts of the city. Panevino offers guests an amazing view of the Strip, along with acclaimed food. And if your idea of an authentic Italian restaurant looks more like a family-owned trattoria, don’t worry--Las Vegas has plenty of those as well.

In addition to their flavorful food, most Italian restaurants in Las Vegas offer either an extensive wine list, cocktail menu, or both. The large menus at many places also include gluten-free and vegan selections, if not separate menus. Look for handmade pastas, specialty pizza ovens and sustainable ingredients at these restaurants.

Still wondering where to sit down for some spaghetti? Our list of Las Vegas’ 10 best Italian restaurants will give you plenty of ideas.

10. Nora's Cuisine
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Nora's has been a popular local Italian restaurant for many years because of its warm atmosphere and great food. Just a short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip, locally owned Nora's offers a escape from the bustling activity along the resort corridor. The food here wins fans from residents and visitors, with a menu that includes everything from calamari to pizza. Popular dishes here include the Crazy Alfredo, with fettuccini, shrimp, chicken, sausage, mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and jalapenos or the Alla Nora, a baked dish of spaghetti, eggplant and meat sauce with pesto and parmigiano cheese to finish. House specialties include osso bucco and rack of lamb.

9. Scarpetta
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Well-known chef Scott Conant elevates Italian food at Scarpetta, with dishes diners will remember long after the dessert is done. An elegant and comfortable dining area is the perfect backdrop for this upscale interpretation of Italian cuisine. Signature dishes include the Sicilian-spiced duck breast with preserved orange, root vegetables and caramelized endive; seared sea scallops with sunchokes and roasted porcini mushrooms; and a classic spaghetti with tomato and basil. Other entrees include Fennel Dusted Black Cod, branzino with English peas, spring onions, morels and fava beans, or the Apple Glazed Kurobuta Pork Chop, with grilled radicchio, almonds, citrus vinaigrette and peaches. A dessert and cheese menu offers a tempting array of sweets and fromaggi to end the evening.

8. Chicago Joe's
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This classic Las Vegas restaurant has been serving family-style Italian food for decades. Located Downtown, Chicago Joe's is a converted old house that feels a little like you wandered into someone's home. At lunch, look for classic dishes like spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, linguine with white or red clam sauce, cheese ravioli and eggplant parmigiana, plus sandwiches. For dinner, choose from a variety of pastas, including gluten-free and whole wheat, with your choice of sauce, as well as a large menu of entrees like veal picante and chicken marsala. Don't miss an order of the garlic bread with cheese to go with your meal. Save room for a dessert like the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, cannoli or classic spumoni.

7. Due Forni
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Serving not one but two kinds of delicious pizza, Due Forni is the only gourmet pizza restaurant in the United States utilizing a new model of dual custom-designed Napolitano brick ovens to cook up authentic Neapolitan and Roman pies. Gourmet selections include pizzas like the flavorful Brasato, topped with braised short rib, parmigiano crema, calabrian peppers, and chimichurri. In addition to the inventive and flavorful pizza, other dishes offer tempting alternatives, like the delicious Eggplant Parmesan, lasagna or cheese ravioli. Additionally, gluten-free pizza, pasta and bread is available. Don't miss dessert--especially the Bufala Ricotta with artisanal honey and toasted pistachios.

6. Portofino
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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 an American influence. Portofino offers an array of pasta, meat and seafood dishes and an entire gluten free menu. Look for hand-crafted pasta in dishes like the Ripatelli, wild boar bolognese with roasted tomato sauce and goat cheese pesto, or the Pumpkin Spice Gnocchi, with braised venison, candy cane beets and a gingerbread crumble. Regardless of what you order, there's sure to be a selection from the extensive wine list that will pair nicely with your dinner.

5. Ferraro's
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A Las Vegas favorite for almost 30 years, this family-owned restaurant is famous for its fine Italian cuisine created from time-honored family recipes. House-made sausages, family-recipe meatballs and legendary Osso Buco are prepared from all-natural meats. Safe Harbor Certified seafood and freshly made pastas and sauces provide the foundation of Ferraro's lunch, dinner and late-night menus. Many of its mouthwatering dishes can be made gluten free, as gluten-free pasta and pizza is available for an additional charge. Whole wheat pasta is available, too, and all of the pastas are house-made every day. For dessert, be sure to try the classic Tiramisu, crepes with Nutella, Mascarpone, hint of orange zest and gelato or the Cioccolatissimo, hazelnut chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, ice cream and yogurt.

4. Sinatra
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Ol' Blue Eyes is the inspiration for this Italian restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, and the results would make the legendary performer happy. The inviting space features several pictures of Frank Sinatra, and the menu includes several of his personal favorites, like spaghetti and clams and osso bucco. Other tempting choices include the Lasagna Bolognese and Tagliatelle, which features a duo of fresh egg tagliatelle and asparagus ribbons, along with osetra caviar and chive creme fraiche. Fish, veal, chicken and beef dishes are all prepared with an Italian flair, including the Ossobuco "My Way," braised veal osso bucco, risotto Milanese and gremolata.

3. Piero's
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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 and the DiRona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), Piero's is as popular today as it was more than 30 years ago when it was the new, hip dining spot in town. In fact, its menu of traditional Italian cuisine is so legendary, it hasn't changed since the restaurant opened. Signature dishes include the Scaloppine Milanese, and Linguine All'Aragosta. Piero's also boasts a superb wine list--1,900 wines and another 10,000 bottles--making it the meeting place for Las Vegas' high-powered decision makers, politicians and even Hollywood stars.

2. Veranda
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The calm, secluded atmosphere at Veranda has made it a favorite stop for anyone looking for a peaceful setting and great food. This hidden gem has an expansive garden terrace that overlooks the resort's lushly landscaped private pool, providing an oasis of calm among the frenzy found on the Las Vegas Strip. Even if you can't dine outside, Veranda's mouth-watering Italian menu is enough to create an unforgettable dining experience. Dinner selections vary from entrées like the tender braised short ribs to a selection of house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas; there are even several vegetarian items on the menu. Lunch and breakfast is offered as well.

1. Panevino
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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 elusive and sexy vibe of classic Las Vegas dining. Intimate booths and tables make up the main dining room while couches, low-top tables and plush chairs provide a relaxed and inviting atmosphere in the bar and lounge area. The service is as remarkable as the menu, which also includes plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. A continuously updated, extensive world-class wine list rounds out the exquisite dining experience.