Located inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, this modern italian spot is serving dishes courtesy of celebrity chef Scott Conant. The unique menu is clearly Italian, with more traditional dishes like the signature spaghetti, but also brings more modern dishes like a duck & foie gras ravioli and a spiced orange duck breast.
Scarpetta puts a modern spin on Italian dining in Las Vegas, serving an inspired take on classic dishes in a contemporary dining room with dramatic Strip views—plus unobstructed sightlines of the Bellagio fountains next door. The restaurant is dark and secluded, but still feels like an extravagant experience. Best of all, the recipes by executive chef Michael Vitangeli are perfectly executed, from a truffled Mushroom Polenta to Duck and Foie Gras Ravioli, served in hearty portions with bright ingredients that take inspiration from the chef's own Italian-American heritage. Scarpetta isn't straying from its regular offerings on Valentine's Day, but feel free to try the $125 tasting menu (available until 9 pm), which includes oysters, octopus, two pasta dishes, branzino, filet, and a Nutella Bomboloni. Add on a $65 wine pairing.
How to order: Book a reservation online.
Scarpetta's combination of Italian cuisine and killer Strip views has only gotten better under the direction of executive chef Michael Vitangeli. The main dining room has a sleek and contemporary design that matches the stylish image of the Cosmopolitan, but the best experience is at the Chef's Table—a quiet, private dining room in the corner of the restaurant. Watch the kitchen team in action through a large window or just keep your eyes on the Bellagio fountains next door. The best part—you get a ridiculous amount of food inspired by the Italian family dinners Vitangeli enjoyed from his grandmother growing up. The "Sunday Gravy" of pasta (with meatballs, sausage, and even pork ribs) buried in a date and pine nut tomato sauce is the main course, but the parade of seafood is the most welcome surprise. Between prawn scampi, baked whole branzino, octopus, and mussels, the hard part is finding room for it all.
How to book: Book a reservation online via Seven Rooms or call 877-893-2001 to inquire about the Chef's Table experience.