Sin City Decadence: Carnevino Reinvents the Classic Italian Steakhouse

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Some of the most decadent meals in Las Vegas can be found at classic steakhouse or Italian restaurant. But when celebrity chef, Mario Batali and renowned restaurateur, Joe Bastianich decided to pair the two concepts together, the results has been nothing short of sensational.

Carnevino opened in 2008 at The Palazzo, and since then it has racked up countless accolades from top food critics, along with universal praise from its patrons. The winning combination of a modern steakhouse with classic Italian cuisine makes for a particularly indulgent dining experience. The cuts of steak found at Carnevino rank among the best you’ll find in the city. Alongside these signature steaks, Carnevino also serves up fresh organic veal, Colorado lamb, Heritage Foods pork and a mouth-watering pan-seared duck. All of its signature steaks are prepared by Executive Chef Nicole Brisson and are dry-aged before being rubbed with sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary. This seemingly simple rub helps make the meat incredibly tender and juicy, so that by the time it eventually ends up on your plate everything has come together to make for a steak rich in flavor, yet cuts like butter. We highly recommend trying La Fiorentina, which is a dry-aged Porterhouse that comes seared to perfection and can easily serve two people.

The Italian dishes are right from the streets of Naples with unparalleled authenticity. Much like the songs of Frank Sinatra, there’s plenty of old Sin City favorites, but the midas touch of Mario Batali has given the menu plenty of his signature twists. From the freshly prepared Crudo options to handmade pasta dishes, this is Italian fare that goes the extra mile. Much as you’d expect from a traditional Italian dinner, the portions are very generous and meant to be shared. The ricotta and egg ravioli are a big fan-favorite, as the brown butter infused sauce makes for a sweet and savory flavor sensation. Meat lovers will want to order off the menu for the special beef cheek ravioli, which offers a considerably bolder flavor combination.

As you’d expect with a name like Carnevino, there is a very impressive collection of vino on hand, with some vintages bottles imported from France fetching as much as $9,000. In fact, if you’re a big wine connoisseur, you may want to come here for the tastings alone. But if you’re craving a creative cocktail, opt for the Farmer’s Market, which incorporates fresh seasonal vegetables, making this refreshing libation practically a meal unto itself.

In Sin City, there will always be hip new restaurants popping up on The Strip, but when it comes to a enjoying a world-class feast from the old country, Carnevino continues to raise the bar.

Carnevino at The Palazzo
3325 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 789-4141

Photo via Carnevino at The Palazzo

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