Food & Drink

What you've been missing: 8 overlooked Las Vegas restaurants you need to know about

Published On 11/19/2013 Published On 11/19/2013
MGM Resorts International lobster
MGM Resorts International
Barbara Kraft
MGM Resorts International
Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
The D Las Vegas
Aliante Casino + Hotel
Peter Scaturro
The Poppy Den
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1. La Cave 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Walk through a glass entryway into this wine bar/resto (which features cobblewood oak flooring and a large red LED sign reading "In Vino Veritas") to enjoy a massive wine list available by the whole/half bottle, glass, or even ounce, plus paired modern American fare.

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2. Sensi Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Sensi has four different kitchens specializing in American, Italian, Asian and seafood dishes. Pasta, burgers and sushi on your table at the same time?? We must be dreaming.

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3. Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina 10740 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV 89052 (Off Strip)

This home-style Italian joint offers a good value for your dollar, courtesy of reality television chef Carla Pellegrino, who opened the place with her sister.

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4. Twist 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Sitting high on the Mandarin Oriental's 23rd floor, Twist's the first US offering from tri-Michelin-starred fusion pioneer Pierre Gagnaire, who's plating French cuisine with a twist (oh!) on two levels: a suspended wine loft accessed by a glass staircase, and a lower dining area with Strip/City Center views through 20-foot windows, 300 illuminated globes hanging from the ceiling, and towering slate walls, which attempt to distill the zeitgeist of culture, politics, and art in a free online format.

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5. Andiamo Steakhouse 301 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Traditional Italian fare leads the menu at this rustic-Old-Country-meets-American-steaks resto.

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6. MRKT Sea & Land 7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89084 (Off Strip)

This signature steakhouse has become a big draw for the Aliante, serving up farm-to-table eats with ingredients hand-picked from local Las Vegas producers.

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7. Trevi Italian Restaurant 3500 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Located within The Forum Shops at the legendary Caesar, this mega Italian restaurant serves up classic Italian comfort food to tourists and shopping locals. Known for their homemade pastas and gelato, Trevi is a destination venue that lives up to its reputation. With a private dining room upstairs, Trevi regularly hosts large gatherings like wedding receptions and business retreats, so their service is always quick and professional. The space also boasts "outdoor" seating (under a painted sky) next to the giant "Fountain of the Gods" inside of the shopping center, for a small taste of what it's like to dine in Italy. Nestled in the Caesar, this Italian joint's known for its deep-dish lasagna pizza and the walk-up gelato bar for dessert.

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8. Poppy Den Vegas 440 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (Off Strip)

Iron Chef contestant Angelo Sosa traveled across Asia to find inspiration for the menu for this Asian bistro, which includes Miso Butterscotch Salmon and a gloriously charred eggplant dish.

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