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Jun 5, 2008 01:56 PM

Panevino, Ventano's or Ferraro's in Vegas?

I have a reservation at Ferraro's but now I'm thinking Panevino or Ventano's might be the way to go. Just hearing good and not so good about Ferraro's.

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  1. Jeff,

    Ferraro's is actually a great locals Italian joint. Kind of a glitzy, 80's atmosphere. Panevino is excellent food and atmosphere, but it could easily be in Phoenix or Vegas feeling. Further, for high-end Italian (Off Strip), I would mention Piero's. Reserve a booth in the "A Room" , and you'll really have a fun dining experience.

    Good Luck,


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    1. re: JB3

      Thanks for the suggestions! I actually made a reservation at Panevino at their chefs table, but I might change.
      I was looking up Piero's and there seems to be more than one. Can you let me know which one has the A room?
      Thanks again.

    2. In Las Vegas, it is always nice to find an off-the-strip place faithfully and consistently patronized by the local community. Ferraro’s is a perfect example of such place.

      In 1985, Gino Ferraro created a unique dining experience in his bone fide authentic Italian restaurant. Then in 2003, upon his graduation from the California Culinary Academy and studying in Italy, Mimmo Ferraro (Gino’s son), has taken over the everyday duties of running Ferraro’s and serving some of the best food in town.

      Indeed, they elevate Italian cooking to an art. Borne of the freshest ingredients, and the bounty of the land and sea, with innovative recipes always prepared with finesse and care. From their kitchen, comes their own time honored family recipes: homemade breads, superb pasta dishes, exquisitely fresh seafood, authentic Italian desserts, and thier signature dish, the renowned Osso Buco (5 Star Diamond Award entree). Ferraro’s well appointed and celebrated wine cellars will provide you with the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Thier collection is well deserving of their awards: the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the Wine Enthusiast Awards, and rave review in the Zagat Survey.

      In Mimmo’s own words, “I love what I do! I have a passion for the Restaurant and service industry. I enjoy every aspect of the business; from being in the kitchen creating new dishes and doing what comes natural to me. I enjoy walking in the dining room, talking to the regular customers and meeting new people. I always try to make them feel welcome and a part of the family, because that is what we are…a Family! Working along with My Father, Mother, Sisters and Grandmother are by far the greatest rewards of this business.” Or as Gino puts it, “I taught him everything he knows.”

      We started our meal with an outstanding salad, Cappuccina con Gorgonzola, which is almost like a butter lettuce wedge with something extra. As Ferraro’s is best known for their sumptuous and award winning Osso Buco, I had to indulge. It did not disappoint, and was probably the best I’ve ever had. It is highly recommended.

      JetSetWay Tip - The shank is called Osso Buco in Italian, literally “hole bone”, because the bone marrow is part of the appeal of the dish.

      We were particularly impressed with an incident over Allyn’s Fettucini Pomodoro. Although it was prepared exactly as per usual, it was not prepared the way she prefers. The waiter heard the conversation and immediately brought out the chef. The chef professionally and kindly listened to her preference, and five minutes later she had a fresh plate, her food cooked exactly as she prefers. Really, they could not have been nicer or more accommodating.

      Though I normally stay away from dessert, tonight we shared the Hazelnut and Chocolate Crepe with Mascarpone Cheese, served with Vanilla Gelato. It was the BEST. Kudos to Mimmo, Gino and the whole family. When you go there, be sure to say "Ciao" to Mimmo, who is always around, and tell him I sent you.

      Barry Shulman

      1. you can't go wrong with ventano's, ferraro's, nora's but sad to say, i've yet to eat at panevino ( i've driven by a 1000 times and i keep saying i'm gonna try ! )

        Do you have a particular dish that you enjoy ? Is wine a key factor ? Heck, i even like Pasta mia ( quite a few italian places on flamingo !! )

        Happy Eating !!

        1. One of the worst meals I have ever had was at Ferraro's. The pasta was overcooked, the veal was tasteless and the service was ho hum at best. That was a dinner. We have tried this place for lunch, and the results have not been any better. Drive past to the corner, turn in behind Arby's and enjoy Nora's. A MUCH better place.