Ferraro's bringing amazing Italian cuisine to Vegas since 1985

Oct 24, 2017 3:02 AM

The year 1985 was an exciting one in Las Vegas. It is the year the National Finals Rodeo first came to town, offering $1.8 million to the cowboys thanks to the negotiations of the late Benny Binion, owner of Binion’s Horseshoe in downtown, and Herb McDonald, then-president of Las Vegas Events.

That same year Bill Smith won the World Series of Poker, collecting $700,000 for his victory over T. J. Cloutier, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

While driving down the Strip in 1985 you would see casinos such as the Desert Inn, Castaways, Frontier Hotel, El Rancho and Riviera. “Splash” debuted that year at the Riv bringing water, fountains and pyrotechnics to the Las Vegas stage.

But 1985 is most important to us because that is the year Gino and Rosalba Ferraro opened the doors of the best Italian restaurant in town – Ferraro’s, offering Gino’s family recipes of Southern Italian heritage, including Nonna Ferraro’s amazing meatballs and melt-in-your-mouth stuffed peppers.

It’s hard to believe that was 32 years ago. But if a restaurant lasts that long you know it’s more than ambiance and good service (which Ferraro’s has plenty of) bringing folks back for more year after year – it’s the food. And we can tell you from personal experience the food is magnifico!

To celebrate their 32nd anniversary Ferraro’s will offer a special menu Nov. 4-12 featuring three courses spotlighting the restaurant’s best-loved authentic Italian fare. And the price? Just $32.32. What a bargain.

For appetizer you will have a choice of:

• Salsiccia Calabrese e Rapini (sausage with broccoli rabe)

• Calamari Fritti (fried baby squid)

• Ferraro’s Salad

• Nonna’s Stuffed Pepper (ground veal, eggplant)

• Insalata Mimmo

• Battuta al Coltello (Piedmont-style beef tartar)

The tempting entrees will be:

• Spaghetti e Polpette (meatballs)

• Rigatoni Toscani

• Lasagna alla Gino

• Bucatini Corti all’Amatriciana

• Eggplant Parmigiana

• Trippa Satriano (tripe)

• Vitello Marsala (veal)

• Salmone Piccata (organic salmon)

• Pollo Parmigiana (chicken)

They will also have the Ferraro’s house specialty, Osso Buco available for an additional $10.

Dessert will consist of the Ferraro’s dessert sampler.

Reservations are not required but it would be wise to call for one (702-364-5300) because at this price Ferraro’s is sure to be busy.

BREEDERS’ CUP is just 10 days away. Hopefully you have been reading our great racing writers – Steve Davidowitz, Jon Lindo and Dave Valento, to get some insight into this year’s races that will be held at the beautiful Del Mar seasside racetrack in Del Mar, California on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.

However, to do a proper job of handicapping these exciting races featuring the crème de la crème of the Thoroughbred world, you need to get the experts’ thoughts after the post-position draw, and the easiest way to do that is at the various seminars held around town.

One of the best, most informative seminars will be held at Sunset Station racebook from 3 to 6 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 3. It will be hosted by the very knowledgeable Brian Blessing, host of Sportsbook Radio (1400 AM, KSHP), and Chuck Esposito, Sunset’s sportsbook director. The current line-up of guest handicappers (subject to change) includes GT’s very own Steve Davidowitz, who is also a best-selling author, and Richard Eng, a top-notch handicapper, author, former racetrack publicist and columnist. And, of course, it is free to attend.

You can also get excellent insight at the Palace Station racebook on Nov. 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Mike Corrigan, race and sportsbook manager, hosts the panel of experts that will include GT’s Richard Saber, the legendary professor Gordon Jones, and Ralph Siraco, host of the “Race Day Las Vegas” radio show. The seminar is free and there will be coffee and donuts for those in attendance.

See you around town.