Gino is still on the job every night, keeping an eye on things and making sure every visitor’s experience is a pleasant one. There is a casual elegance that you notice when you first enter. The tables have tablecloths on them, an idea that is disappearing more often than not around town.
Pastas are front and center with wonderful long-wide noodles perfectly represented with Papperdelle Mimmo ($39.00). They are combined with scallops, lobster, asparagus, butter, sage and truffle. Small pocket ravioli is given the star treatment with Raviolini del Plin stuffed with Parmigiano cheese, reduction and veal-truffle sauce. There are a couple of risottos, one with butternut squash and the other with seasonal black truffles, lobster and mascarpone cheese.
Meat options continue the high quality theme. All of the beef (Marcho Farms) is raised with no hormones, steroids or antibiotics and a 100% vegetarian corn-based diet. All of the seafood is “Safe Harbor” certified.
The house specialty is Osso Buco and it isn’t to be missed. Veal shank is braised in red wine reduction and then accompanied with faro. Vitello Piccata ($28.00) is a classic scaloppini with lemon, butter, white wine that has broccoli rabe as a plate-mate.
Branzino is grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass delivered with baby artichokes, cannellini beans and herb emulsion.
Desserts are prepared in-house by Rosalba and what a collection it is. Gino says that they were the first in the Valley to serve Tiramisu and this one is a classic with lady fingers, mascarpone cheese and espresso. Another popular sweet is a crepe with nutella and cheese that has a hint of orange zest. Gelato is alongside. Pastiera Napoletana is a compelling treat consisting of warm Italian ricotta cheese, rice cake, orange marmalade, crème anglaise, ricotta and candied fruit ice cream.
Wine is definitely a priority with a stunning 1200 wines on the list including nearly 900 from Italy. Happy Hour is in session daily from 4:00-7:00 PM and 11:00PM-2:00AM.
Ferraro’s: Italian cuisine with style!
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, Lunch weekdays from 11:30AM-4:00PM, Dinner daily from 4:00PM-11:00PM. 4480 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas (702) 364-5300. www.ferraroslasvegas.com.