Born in Avellino, Italy, and raised in Brooklyn, Pasquale Ciampa and his two brothers shared a love of great fare and culture instilled in them by their parents. All three now exercise that love of Italian cuisine in their own culinary endeavors, with Pasquale bringing authentic Italian recipes to Las Vegas by way of Spaghetti and Company. Homemade beef meatballs, simmered in marinara, and freshly baked italian bread set the tone for the expansive menu, filled with Old World delicacies topped with ricotta and parmesan, alongside New World buffalo wings and New York–style pizzas and cheesecake. A rustic dining room and light-strung terrace surrounds guests as they toast with Sicilian-style pies, and kids clamor to the kitchen to craft their own masterpieces during pizza parties.
When the neon lights illuminate the midnight sky of Las Vegas, the cooks at Monte's Pizza Restaurant are still hard at work. They dart about their kitchen, checking on saucepans of marinara and bubbling pots of angel hair pasta before showering dough in creamy ricotta cheese, fresh basil, and plump sausages and loading pies into fiery ovens. Others layer crusty rolls with meatballs, steak, and salami before turning their attention to juicy slabs of baby back ribs sizzling on grills. Throughout the week, this kitchen staff keeps late hours, making its restaurant a popular spot for late-night carousers or sleepwalkers dreaming of enchanted meatballs that will grant them eternal beauty.
Sonoma Cellar Steakhouse specializes in traditional steakhouse cuisine with a California flair, such as the filet mignon au poivre ($35) and swordfish steaks ($32). Sommelier and General Manager Kalei Nash takes pride in offering an extensive wine list informed by extensive knowledge. Sip or pour a glass into a plastic-lined sock within an elegant, vaulted ceiling dining room.
Italian food makes the perfect romantic supper because you can wear a red shirt or blouse in the spirit of love while concealing clumsy marinara stains. Ventano Italian Grill & Seafood joins the culinary forces of chefs Arnauld Briand and Carmine Vento in an elegant and seductive environment of traditional Italian recipes, fresh seafood, and wines for the sipping. Ventano's dinner menu leads the palate through a vista of granite-stone-sizzling baby lamb chops ($13.50) and steamed mussels ($8.50) before arriving at an entree such as eggplant parmigiana ($16.50), gnocchi con pesto ($15), and potato-wrapped salmon (with jasmine rice and grilled asparagus in a lobster cream sauce; $21). Wine pursuers with cultivated noses can ruminate over a wine list ripe with international bottles for all memorable meals and occasions.