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.