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The homestyle cuisine at this Italian Las Vegas restaurant gets kicked up a notch thanks to the edgy attitude of Steve Martorano. The tough-talking, South Philadelphia-bred chef infuses his own East Coast upbringing into the old-school flavorings of his food, giving it a more authentic, family recipe taste. (Think Rigatoni Sunday Pork Gravy and South Philly Cheesesteak.) Though he famously forbids substitutions to his dishes, you'll find that traditional favorites such as Veal Picatta and Linguini Puttanesca are tasty enough just as they are. The large plate portions pair well with specialty cocktails and a lengthy wine list, including his own wine label.
Located along the property's Le Boulevard shopping and dining corridor, the large space features a dining room serving lunch and dinner. The restaurant's design is influenced by the original location that Martorano (AKA the "Godfather of Italian American Cooking") first opened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Martorano's is the popular chef, DJ and cookbook author's second Las Vegas restaurant, joining his hot spot at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
What to eat at this Italian Restaurant
- Eggplant stack
- Homemade mozzarella
- World Famous Meatball with gravy and ricotta cheese
- Bucatini carbonara
- Veal and lobster Sinatra
- Watch out for celebrities dining next to you. His Rio location has attracted music, film and sports stars over the years.
- Setting a scene perfectly in sync with classic Vegas, old films such as "Casino" are shown in between tunes by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin.
- As the night gets later, music segues into a party mix of classic R&B, disco, slow jams and a bit of classic rock.