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Awards, Schmawards: This is Great Italian Food

Last updated: August 26, 2011 at 10:56 am. Posted by in Harrah's Las Vegas, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Restaurants. Comments Off on Awards, Schmawards: This is Great Italian Food.

Sometimes, the tastiest Las Vegas finds come as a complete surprise. This blog is a huge fan of Italian food, so we were excited to try the “Italian Nights” menu at the Cafe at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Cafe at Harrahs

Yes, we take photos of menus. You probably have a weird hobby, too.

The Cafe at Harrah’s might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Italian fare on the Las Vegas Strip, but during a recent visit we discovered hearty, home-style dishes in a casual atmosphere, complete with those red-checkered tablecloths we have no idea why we like so much.

We were won over from minute one by the friendly service, as well as the wine and bread. In fact, we’re voting these “Best Breadsticks on the Strip,” and trust us, we’ve had a lot of breadsticks on the Strip.

Cafe at Harrahs

Olive Garden, you've just been schooled.

Next up, crispy salads and fresh minestrone soup. In Italian, “minestrone” translates as “we didn’t actually try the soup, but people were saying it’s great, and that’s good enough for us.”

Generous portions of minestrone soup is an understatement.

On to the main event, the chicken parm. This blog has personally had chicken parmigiana across America and in a number of foreign countries, and the dish served at Cafe at Harrah’s Las Vegas can hold its own with the best of them.

Harrahs Las Vegas

Just like mom used to make. If mom had received coaching from professional chefs.

The eggplant parm also got rave reviews during our visit. We’d have tried it, but that’s dangerously close to “eating vegetables,” so not so much.

The menu features a variety of pasta dishes, including what must be a favorite of the Italian Anti-Defamation League, the “Your Friendly Goombah Spaghetti and Meatballs.” Pizzas and subs round out the offerings.

Pizza guy

Thanks for the photo, Ausencio. Because you didn't have enough going on in the kitchen.

Desserts include classic tiramisu, creme brulee, cannoli (see below), ricotta cheesecake and spumoni ice cream.

Bottom line: We loved it, and there wasn’t a single culinary misfire in the mix.

Now, is someone from the James Beard Foundation likely to come bursting in to present an award anytime soon? Probably not. But who wants their delicious Italian dinner interrupted by an awards ceremony, anyway? It’s solid Italian food, conveniently situated, at a value-conscious price.

Harrah's Las Vegas cafe cannoli

We probably should have listened to the whole "don't fill up on bread" thing.

You can check out the full Italian Nights menu (in .pdf format) online. Finally, the Internet proves itself to be good for something.

The Italian Nights menu is served daily, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. And make sure to show your Total Rewards loyalty program card for some sweet costs savings. Learn more about the Cafe at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Look, we interrupted everyone’s perfectly good meal to take photos, so do us the courtesy of enjoying our photo gallery.

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