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Ferraro's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar - Las Vegas, NV

Excellent Italian Fare off the Strip


Restaurant Category : Italian, Wine Bar

Ferraro's is an authentic Italian restaurant in Las Vegas. Located off the strip, this restaurant is situated behind the Hard Rock Cafe. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends as the place will be packed.

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Ferraro’s has been serving Italian cuisine for more than 20 years. While one side of the restaurant was appointed with dining tables and chairs, the other side had a wine bar and a piano player. The formal dining space had dim, making for what you would think would be a more intimate atmosphere. Though the atmosphere was quite formal, we did not feel out of place without a sports coat or suit as there were casually dressed diners as well. The background music and the chatter of other diners made this Italian restaurant in Las Vegas a little too loud, taking away from the more intimate feel we first had.

The menu was typical Italian with about half a dozen antipastini, salads, a few pizzas, about ten pastas, two risottos and about a dozen meat and fish dishes. We started our dinner with the Porcini Pappardelle con Ragu di Chinghiale ($26), long wide porcini pasta in a wild boar meat sauce. Luckily, we had decided to share this dish. Had we ordered two sets, it would have been way too much and we would have had to compromise on our main dish. The pasta was delicious and our fear of the boar having a gamey taste proved to be baseless as the meat was very fresh.

For our main dish, both of us ordered Ferraro’s signature dish, the Osso Buco ($43), veal shank braised in red wine reduction served with faro. The Osso Buco really lived up to our expectations as it was very tender. The braised red wine reduction added a great taste to the dish and also added some much needed flavor to the faro.

Though the wine menu at Ferraro’s was huge, the main emphasis seemed to be on wines from Italy. The wine cellar at this Italian restaurant in Las Vegas has been recognized by Wine Spectator’s "Award of Excellence". To complement our dinner, we had a gorgeous bottle of 06 Crocker & Starr Cabernet. We had originally picked a Paul Hobbs cab for $107, but our waiter suggested the former. To our surprise, the one the waiter suggested was only $94! (I often get the feeling at strip hotels that the staff is trying to get us to buy a more expensive wine, but at Ferraro’s our waiter just wanted us to have something good.) A definite thumbs up!

Post dinner, we also sampled the restaurants Tiramisu and Cannoli. However, both were a letdown as the tiramisu was a bit dry and the Cannoli (which has never really been a favorite of mine) just lacked any wow factor. We had Consilience Zinfandel Port 2002 from Contra Costa County in California as our dessert wine. This wine was just about average and on par with the dessert itself.

Service throughout dinner was attentive and never overbearing. Though the table settings and the presentation of the food weren’t that impressive, the taste and flavors of the food was just awesome. Overall, it felt nice to be at a “non-casino” Italian restaurant in Las Vegas. Our rating of Ferraro’s Italian restaurant is Bombastic.

What I liked: The delicious pasta and Osso Buco

What I didn’t like: The not so great table settings

Rating: Bombastic

Address and Telephone Number:
Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
4480 Paradise Rd,
Las Vegas, NV89169
Phone: (702) 527-2996

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