Las Vegas' 10 Best Italian Restaurants: Beyond Pasta and Pizza



Las Vegas has always had a fondness for Italian food, perhaps because the city’s mythologized history featured a lot of Italians. For years, almost every gourmet room carried a section of Italian dishes, and in recent times the city has seen an influx of new chefs bringing innovative flavors and styles to town.

Noted Chef Scott Conant started his Las Vegas forays on the Strip at Scarpetta, but recently branched out into the Las Vegas suburbs with Masso Osteria at the Red Rock Resort. The comfortable yet modern design reflects the menu, which does the classics well but also brings in fresh dishes and flavors you wouldn’t expect.

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. If your idea of an authentic Italian restaurant looks more like a family-owned trattoria, don’t worry--Las Vegas has plenty of those.

With home-style cooking being a foundation of Italian food, it’s no surprise that restaurants strive for a grandmother-like quality to their dishes. The popular Rao’s at Caesars Palace is renowned for its homecooked style of food, and although the original NYC location is notoriously difficult to get a reservation at, getting a table at the Las Vegas outpost is much easier.

If you’re still not sure where to go looking for that spaghetti you’re craving, scroll on down for our list of Las Vegas’ 10 best Italian restaurants.




Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Scott Conant recently opened a new restaurant in Summerlin, Masso Osteria. Located at the Red Rock Resort Casino, this new Italian eatery has an upscale but comfortable ambiance, with food to match. Pasta dishes...  Read More




A short drive west of the Strip takes you into the area in Las Vegas known as The Lakes, and in an office park area you'll find one of the city's newer Italian restaurants, Chef Marc's Trattoria. This Tuscan-style restaurant serves traditional...  Read More




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...  Read More




Italian food is elevated 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. Spaghetti with tomato and...  Read More




The owner of Plantone's Italian Market wanted to open a deli, a place people could go for something quick, but still of great quality. The result is Plantone's, well-known for its sandwiches, but boasting a menu full of comfort-style dishes like...  Read More


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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...  Read More




Ol' Blue Eyes is the inspiration for this classy 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...  Read More


Rao's
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Rao's first restaurant was in New York, and its outpost at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas also serves the authentic Italian food its customers adore. The interior design features a replica of the original 12-seat NYC restaurant, plus additional...  Read More


Buddy V's Ristorante
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Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro may be best known for his baking, but Buddy V's Ristorante shows off his skills as a talented chef. Diners are treated to a taste of the Valastro family's beloved heirloom recipes, in a setting reminiscent of the...  Read More


Esther's Kitchen
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Esther's Kitchen is a modern, farm-to-table style Italian restaurant with a fresh take on food that's been a hit with diners since the restaurant opened in late 2017. Fans of seasonal, artisanal fare will find a lot to like at this popular...  Read More


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