Since 1964 at the intersection of West Sahara Avenue and Westwind Road is a piece of New York City during the prohibition days. A luxurious, mob-style restaurant with a speakeasy theme, Capo’s offers travelers an experience they may not find anywhere else on the strip. In classic Italian fashion, Capo’s owner says they have the best meatballs on Earth. Coming from an Italian, this is how I separate the Frank Sinatra’s from the canned sauce pastas. Now just wait until you walk inside and see the atmosphere: red leather seats, all dark furniture, extravagant chandeliers, mafia-chic space. No matter the dish or cannoli, someone looking for Italian food needs to eat at Capo’s… just know you get what you pay for. It's not cheap. Fun side note: there’s a speakeasy that does require a password for entry but finding the way in maybe as challenging as finding the password.
5675 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Two Spaniards put together a restaurant inside the Bellagio that’s a palette of perfection. Picasso is for the rich and famous and feeling all of Las Vegas’ glitz and glamour. Fresh flowers inside lovely ceramic on charming tables and desks, renowned paintings on the wall, and European styled windows with drapes and curtains to feel like this meal is happening in the Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Then there’s the beautiful patio overlooking the famous Fountains of Bellagio. If there was such of thing of giving a restaurant 27 stars based on ambience, Picasso is it. Besides falling in love with everything just described, there’s more than 1,500 handpicked wine selections from European vineyards. Dress to impress like a day out at the horse track, because this place is elegant and sophisticated. Sit down, enjoy a four-course meal, and let Picasso give you an unforgettable experience.
202 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV 89101
In the Four Queens Hotel & Casino, north of the strip in downtown Las Vegas, is a romantic hot spot that’s reminiscent of old school Vegas. Hugo’s Cellar is a fine steakhouse with a chivalrous ending: every lady gets a stemmed rose to bring home. Besides jumping to lovely conclusions… upon entering the dining room, adventurers will walk into a brick wall with wooden pillars room, showcasing that taste of old school Vegas. No matter if it’s a booth or table, look around and see how intricate everything is. Now with Hugo’s servers and assistants, they’re the ones that leave everlasting impressions. The type to always make sure a water glass is never empty, but not the type to always be interrupting a meal. Prices for dishes will range from $45-$70 depending on the order, and the meal does come with complimentary chocolate covered fruit at the end.
4480 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Treat yourself to some of Vegas' best lasagna and possibly best in America. Ferraro’s, family owned and operated for more than 30 years, is an Italian restaurant and wine bar perfect for a special occasion. Warm, inviting yellow walls with elegant, dark wooded seating and white tablecloths for that classic Italian setting. Moving along to the patio, there’s a vibe to it that just hits home. Hanging lights from the wooden roof held up by brick pillars, and seating is astoundingly cozy. From the second you walk in, service is beyond exceptional. The owners will check up on everything during the meal, ensuring quality. The chef’s desire for Ferraro’s is to “stimulate the palate and impact the feelings of comforts of home cooking.” As they say, Ferraro’s lets the food do the talking. Maybe for dessert, if a glass or two already isn’t on the bill, go enjoy the wine bar and let the bartender take sail to a trip to Southern Italy. Expect to spend around $40-$80 here for a meal.
2850 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121
I feel obligated to sing a classic Italian song when talking about Casa Di Amore, because when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore… like Casa Di Amore. It’s old school Vegas meets tiki beach patio with live music and entertainment. An Italian-American restaurant along East Tropicana Avenue, a bright green and red neon sign attracts an adventure inside. Walk through the doors and be seated in a black leather booth along a wall of old school Las Vegas pictures. Maybe in the mood to enjoy some great gnocchi or copping with a side of casino? Sit at the bar and enjoy some video slots and ravioli. It’s a fun, vibrant place that’s usually packed with locals. Compared to other Vegas Italian restaurants, Casa Di Amore may not be as luxurious, but is an experience for people looking for a taste of old school Vegas. Open from 5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m., an appetizer and main course shouldn’t run more than $50.