With so many new restaurants constantly opening up on the Las Vegas Strip, it’s all to easy to overlook some real gems that are located just off The Strip. The upscale Red Rock Casino Resort in nearby Summerlin has quietly overhauled its restaurant offerings over the last couple of years. Now then casino has just opened up a dynamite new eatery called Salute Trattoria Italiana, which serves Italian cuisine so authentic that you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Naples.
Salute comes from the mind of acclaimed chef Luciano Sautto, who was inspired by the traditional cuisine he grew up on as he comes from a family of restauranteurs in southern Italy. Sautto’s trademark is keeping things simple, as he believes in only using the finest and freshest ingredients to bring out the full flavors of his dishes. Salute offer patrons a warm and inviting place where they can dine. There’s a dedicated antipasti station near the entrance to get you started and you must try Salute’s signature crispy zucchini flowers, which come coated in rich ricotta, amaretti and pesto. There are Crudo options like the fresh salmon carpaccio, hamachi tartare and classic albacore crudo.
The main dishes adhere closely to the classic trattoria cuisine, which will undoubtedly please hardcore Italian foodies. These are the kind of dishes—along with the heaping portions—that a grandmother from the Old Country Buffet would cook for her family. One of the biggest crowd-pleasers is the table side Salute signature pasta, which pairs handmade fettuccini with a creamy and savory vodka sauce. You can also add some enormous meatballs to really make this the perfect fall or winter dish. For those looking for something other than pasta, carnivores will salivate over the pan roasted veal chop with crisp rosemary potatoes or the all-natural Tuscan steak. We’re also big fans of the seafood misto risotto, which combines large prawns with fresh sea bass and clams.
The specialty cocktails at Salute are also made with fresh ingredients, like the in-house limoncello or sangria rosa. However, if you’re really looking to try something with a “wow” factor, order the blood orange spritzer or sgroppino, which fuses Grey Goose pear vodka, ginger, lemon, mint, prosecco and lemon sorbet. Be sure to save room for dessert so you can savor Luciano’s signature gelato and amaretti cones. The toasted coconut cake and Nutella-stuffed bomboloni are also rock-solid options as well.
The buzz is quickly spreading about Salute Trattoria Italiana and it certainly won’t be one of Vegas’ best-kept new dining secrets for much longer. Take a quick trip to the Red Rock Casino & Resort the next time you’re in town and indulge in an authentic Italian dining experience.
Salute Trattoria Italiana at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
11011 West Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Featured photo courtesy of Salute Trattoria Italiana