Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
This spot across the street from the Hard Rock has been offering homemade Italian food as well as an extensive wine program for more than two decades. The wine list, which was recognized byWine Spectator, is more than 60 pages long and includes choices from around the world, but your best bet is to order 3 or 5oz tasting glasses and explore the delicious beauty of Italy region by region.
Ferraro's, one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Vegas, takes pride in having not just one of the best wine collections in Vegas, but the entire country. About 85% of it is Italian varietals with an impressive Barolo and Barbaresco selection, since owner and founder Gino Ferraro has an especially strong affinity for Nebbiolo grapes. Brunello is also well represented. The list is rounded out with other regions, including carefully chosen French and California wines. A vineyard is featured every month with a special "Taste and Learn" wine-pairing dinner, yet there's always at least two sommeliers on the floor on any given night. Get a feel for what Ferraro's is all about during happy hour (5–7 pm) with wines and small bites discounted at the bar.
How to order: Make a reservation on the restaurant's website.
Family-owned and operated since 1985, Ferraro’s started as a small deli and pizzeria, but shifted focus to its food menu and grew from there. Today, the restaurant is east of the Strip, across the street from Virgin Hotels with several large dining rooms (making it easy to host regular special event dinners) and an outdoor patio. Ferraro's strictly avoids "Americanizing" its Italian food, sticking to authentic recipes and using oregano and garlic with a refreshing degree of restraint. The spicy tripe is an experience in itself, as is the coniglio brasato (braised rabbit). Both tend to sell out nightly. Owner Gino Ferraro has curated one of the best wine lists in the country with rare and unique Italian bottles well represented.
How to book: Book a table online.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas has a four-course Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve with a few choices available (including a loaded seafood risotto, swordfish, or spaghetti with clams and mussels as the main entree). A special Christmas Day menu is also four courses (but with porchetta, lasagna, braised rabbit, or veal scallopini as the main). Reservations are available 4–10 pm both nights.
Cost: Christmas Eve menu $95 per person, Christmas Day menu $88 per person.
How to book: Call 702-364-5300 to confirm a reservation.
Ferraro's has an Italian take on Thanksgiving in two different formats. Dine in for a multicourse meal featuring butternut squash ravioli or mushroom risotto, mixed green salad or ribollita (bean, vegetable, and bread soup), free-range turkey (with cranberry chutney, sausage stuffing, parmesan mashed potatoes, and green beans), and a crostata or dessert sampler. Ferraro's also has a takeaway meal for six to eight people, featuring salad or antipasto, baked pasta or butternut squash ravioli, turkey with a host of sides, and a ten-inch pumpkin pie.
Cost: Dine-in menu is $59 per person or $18 for children under 12. The to-go feast is $279.
How to book: Call 702-364-5300 to book a reservation for Thanksgiving (12–9 pm) or place an advance pickup order by November 15.