It has been a while since I visited a new restaurant in a casino as I have been trying to patronize smaller mom-and- pop places that have suffered the most thru the coronavirus pandemic. But truth be told, it has been tough on casino restaurants as well having to operate at basically 50% capacity.
This week, I went to Red Rock Hotel & Casino to try the new Italian restaurant that opened a few months back. Osteria Fiorella opened in the spot that was formerly occupied by Terra Rossa. This spot has seen its share of different tenants over the last five years so here’s hoping Osteria Fiorella has better luck.
On my first visit with my wife Lori we started with their Tricolore Salad with their house Balsamic dressing. This salad was great as it’s the perfect for the summer. Lori ordered their Lasagna Bolognese cooked in their wood oven and she enjoyed it a lot. I went with the rigatoni served with their Fiorella sausage sauce.
I ordered this dish because I wanted to try the sausage ,which was the homemade Fiorella family recipe from Philadelphia. The sausage was ground up into the sauce and gave it great flavor with that little extra kick.
At this point we were both pretty full but decided to share a dessert. We went with the Peach & Blueberry tart served with a honey gelato, a nice refreshing summer dessert.
I play a lot of poker at Red Rock, so I was back a few days later and decided to pop in for a quick bite before a session. I didn’t want a heavy meal, so I tried their Chicken Paillard. This was a boneless chicken breast pounded thin and served with a salsa verde and an endive salad. I had the salsa served on the side and I’m glad I did.
Don’t get me wrong, the salsa was good. But the chicken didn’t need it as it was very tasty by itself. I absolutely loved this dish and it was the perfect meal before a sitting down to play some poker as it wasn’t a heavy meal that could make you sluggish at the table.
My waitress was very friendly and attentive and actually scored bonus points by keeping me with an extra glass of Ice for my iced tea. It’s called iced tea for a reason and is my biggest pet peeve when you have a glass of iced tea with melted ice.
That was never a problem with my waitress. I give Osteria Fiorella a rating of 3.5 Forks.