Ferraro’s Ristorante, a Las Vegas landmark, has been a family-run business for the past 35 years. Established in 1985, this five-star establishment serves exquisite Italian cuisine crafted from only the freshest ingredients. Its expertise is evident in its signature dishes, such as handmade pastas and sauces, slow-cooked osso buco and flavorful risottos. The restaurant is also committed to providing diners with high-quality, all-natural meats and sustainably sourced seafood from Safe Harbor®. Finally, to top off your experience, Ferraro’s boasts an extensive award-winning wine selection. The family-owned restaurant prides itself on delivering an elevated dining experience in a warm and inviting atmosphere that customers can come back to time and time again. We talked with Executive Chef Mimmo Ferraro and Owner Gino Ferraro about the local favorite restaurant.
Ferraro's Atmosphere (Courtesy Ferraro's Ristorante)
38 Years of Success in Las Vegas for Ferraro's Ristorante
“Ferraro’s is one of the longest-running, family-owned and operated fine-dining Italian restaurants in Las Vegas. We’ve been open since 1985,” Ferraro told us. “We try and make everyone who enters the door feel like part of the family; we try and create meaningful relationships. This includes our staff. The staff works hard because they see the owners working harder. Ferraro’s prides itself on authentic Italian recipes and offers one of the biggest Italian wine selections in the country.”
Ferraro’s extensive history is a testament to its popularity in a city where many restaurants fade away within just a few years. “Ferraro’s has been in business for close to 40 years due to consistency and quality of its food, service and hands-on owners,” the duo explained. “We pay close attention to details on a daily basis. Owner Gino Ferraro is a forward thinker and is always looking for ways to improve and elevate the business, from its decor to the menu, steps of service, and, of course, the wine and bar program.”
Salciscia Calabrese e Rapini at Ferraro's (Courtesy Ferraro's Ristorante)
The menu at Ferraro’s consists of tried and true Italian classics and modern flavors that are perfect for every palate. “The menu is a constant work in progress,” Ferraro said of the menu. “We always look for new and exciting ingredients and food trends. We change the menu a couple of times a year to create recipes that complement the season with fresh ingredients that are available at the time. “
In addition to the typical restaurant offerings, Ferraro’s is open late, making it a perfect option for after a show, game or a night out on the town. The restaurant is also popular because of its special events. “Our events are constant. We’ve hosted a monthly event called Taste & Learn for 12 years now,” Ferraro explained. “It generally lands on the third Saturday of the month, which features four wines from an Italian winery, and Chef Mimmo creates dishes that are paired specifically with the wine. Every Taste & Learn features unique wine and unique dishes that are separate from the menu."
“When in season from late September to the end of December, white truffles from Alba are featured. We host a truffle dinner every November. This is a special event offering great wines, unique dishes like Carne Battuta (Italy’s beef Tartare), Tajarin in Brodo (30-yolk homemade pasta in a Capone broth), Wagyu Rib Cap, and, of course, fresh White Alba Truffles, shaved tableside.”
With nearly 40 years in business, diners who love Ferraro’s have been coming back for years. “Too many to list. People come back for our Carpaccio di Manzo, Vitello Tonnato, Insalata Mimmo, all of our pastas; particularly Gnocchi, Rigatoni da Spilinga, and Pappardelle Mimmo, Osso Buco (House specialty), Coniglio Brasato, Trippa Satriano. So, basically, the menu,” Ferraro said. The duo also shared some of their personal menu favorites, “Rigatoni da Spilinga (Homemade rigatoni, homemade Calabrese sausage, and Nduja—Calabrese spreadable spicy pork sausage), Caciocavallo (cheese and toasted breadcrumbs) is definitely a favorite, and the Coniglio Brasato (Hermi Farms Braised rabbit, soft polenta, and roasted mushrooms).”
Colorota at Ferraro's (Courtesy Ferraro's Ristorante)
Ferraro’s Ristorante is also ideal for large groups and events. “Ferraro’s seats approximately 350 guests throughout the bar and lounge, including indoor seating and outdoor seating. The patio, which sits immediately to the left upon entering the restaurant, can seat 120 people in a cozy environment with a lounge area and fire pit. Private dining rooms that can accommodate eight to 65 people, and, of course, we have our main dining room that is situated to the right when you enter,” Ferraro told us. “We’ve also recently updated the exterior of the restaurant with a new, white stone façade, new signage, new lighting and a contemporary door. Representing a departure from its previous “Old World” look, Ferraro’s new design elements introduce a more modern and welcoming aspect to the restaurant while complementing the interior renovations that were completed in 2021.”
Panna Cotta at Ferraro's (Courtesy Ferraro's Ristorante)