Ferraro’s has been synonymous with fine Italian dining in Las Vegas since 1985, and now in 2002 the Ferraro restaurants at 5900 W. Flamingo and 1916 Village Center Circle in Summerlin are featuring a Passport to Italy cultural wine program.
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The program showcases Italian culture and wines paired with regional cuisine at a monthly dinner. At the end of winemaker program, two Grand Prize, 10-day all expense-paid trips to Italy (valued at $10,000) for two will be given away to qualifying patrons.
"This exciting program will feature a full year of wine, food and a chance to win a trip to the same regions that we showcased throughout the year," said Gino Ferraro, owner of Ferraro’s restaurants in Las Vegas. "I feel that this is a good way to show and explain in a personal way the roots of Italian cuisine and to give patrons a firsthand experience of my passion for food and wine."
The winemaker dinner will showcase wines from Italian wineries in the regions of Piedmont, Tuscany, Marche and Veneto paired with specialty dishes created by Gino Ferraro.
During the monthly dinner, a raffle will be held for prizes and to qualify for the Grand Prize trip to Italy. To be eligible for the monthly drawings during the winemaker dinners, patrons can receive drawing tickets by purchasing dinner and a bottle of wine.
Long-time Las Vegans may remember Ferraro’s original restaurant on West Sahara, a comfortable storefront bistro in a small shopping center. They may recall seeing dozens of hotel executives who used to dine there, as well as notables such as Jerry Lewis, Paul Anka and George Kirby.
They may also recall feasting on house specialties such as the artichoke stuffed with bread crumbs, garlic, Romano cheese and black olives in a light wine sauce; or the tangy deep-fried squid in a spicy tomato and onion sauce. I know I certainly remember!
Today, Ferraro’s features an upscale, intimate bistro on West Flamingo, a light-and airy café in Summerlin, and Caffe Ferraro, which specializes in homemade gelato, espresso and sandwiches in the Desert Passage Mall at the Aladdin.
The West Flamingo bistro sports a new art deco atmosphere, and a newly designed enclosed patio/atrium area. And the expanded wine cellar has won the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the Wine Enthusiast Award and a rave review in the Zagat Survey.
With a Five Star Award menu, Ferraro’s serves tempting specialties for any gourmet. Among the house favorites are its award winning osso buco, always the freshest seafood, including live Maine Lobster, superb homemade pasta dishes, and a fresh array of homemade breads, soups and Italian desserts.
"In Italy, we have a tradition of cooking and fine dining that dates back to the Roman emperors, and rivals the finest of the fine arts," Gino Ferraro said. "Indeed, Italian cooking is a national heritage born of the freshest ingredients, the bounty of the land and sea, and innovative recipes, prepared with finesse and care.
"Here at Ferraro’s we take great pride in our heritage and are pleased to present the very finest Italian cuisine in an environment of elegance and style."
Ferraro’s kitchens are presided over by Certified Master Chef Mario Andreoni, formerly of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice and a true virtuoso della cucina. Chef Andreoni is a graduate of the Scuola Alberghiera in Tesero, Italy, and the winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Awards of the Americas and three consecutive Golden Spoons from the Miracle Mile Feast.