Gaetano’s Ristorante Now Serving Sunday Brunch

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Gaetano’s Ristorante is a family-owned and run restaurant that has graced the Siena Promenade center on Eastern in Henderson since its opening in 2002. Now the eatery featuring authentic northern Italian cuisine has launched a weekly Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

As you reach the intersection of Eastern and Siena Heights, you’ll likely notice the beacon of a large copper dome, signaling that you’ve arrived at Gaetano’s. Inside you’ll be greeted with soft earth tones, tile flooring, dark wood chairs, pecan-colored tablecloths, large windows and walls adorned with oil paintings, all contributing to an ambience of relaxation and class.

As for the new brunch menu, it includes some unique dishes: Eggs Benedict Cinghiale—braised wild boar ragu, poached egg and fresh tomatoes on English muffin; Eggs in Purgatory—poached eggs, shredded short ribs, Calabrian chili and grilled crostini; and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Carpaccio (a dish inspired by Gaetano owners Nick and Sarah Palmeri’s trip to Milan) with Stracciatella Cheese, toasted walnuts, micro greens and grilled crostini.

The Frittata del Giorno with mixed greens changes weekly and during our visit featured ricotta, Calabrian peppers and Calabrese sausage.

Some Italian favorites, which are also available on the dinner menu are offered, with Chicken Parmesan, Rigatoni Vodka and Spaghetti Carbonara. The Avocado Toast has an Italian flair, as the ciabatta bread topped with avocado, two poached eggs and microgreens also includes Sicilian olive oil and bruschetta tomatoes.  

On the sweet side are Panna Cotta with Fiori di Sicilia (citrusy vanilla), granola, fresh berries and orange honey; and Marsala French Toast made with Pannetone fruit bread, Marsala wine, powdered sugar and bananas.

There are also beverage options of bottomless (90-minute limit) Prosecco Val d’Oca, Prosecco Val d’Oca Rose, Mimosas and French Blanc de Blancs for $34; pitchers of Aperol Spritz, White Sangria and Red Sangria for $32 each; and Italian-themed cocktails such as San Marzano Bloody Mary made with San Marzano tomatoes, Skyy Vodka, spicy salami and Sicilian Castelvetrano olives. Non-alcoholic cocktails include Espresso Marini with Lyre’s Coffee, espresso and simple syrup; Italian Spritz with Lyre’s Sprits, Fever Tree Soda and orange; and Manhattan with Lyre’s American Malt, Aperitif Rosso, N/A bitters and Sicilian soda.

If you’re a coffee lover like I am, it’s definitely worth noting that the java here is outstanding. I learned they brew the Metropolitan Italian Dark Roast, a very high-quality brand.

It’s important to note that all dishes are made inhouse from scratch except for the bread and many of the recipes are the creation of the late co-founder, Gaetano Palmeri, who was born in Gela, Sicily. After more than two decades, this eatery thankfully continues to offer upscale Strip elegance and sophistication at an off-Strip location at a locals’ friendly price point. There are also monthly wine or whiskey pairing dinners, Wine Wednesday offering 50% off bottles listed at $100 or less, weekly specials, happy hour (5:00-6:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday), and now with the addition of this weekly brunch, we have yet another reason to make our way to the iconic dome.

Gaetano’s Ristorante
10271 S. Eastern Ave. Suite #111
Henderson, NV 89052
702/361-1661

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