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5 Places Where You Can Carbo Load During National Pasta Month

Last updated: October 13, 2016 at 9:49 am. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Restaurants, Paris Las Vegas, The Cromwell, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on 5 Places Where You Can Carbo Load During National Pasta Month.

Pasta. It’s the ultimate comfort food. When the weather gets chillier there’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of the carb-filled goodness. October is National Pasta Month so there’s no excuse not to give in to those cravings at the best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas. Go ahead and get your carb on. Here’s where to celebrate pasta in Las Vegas:

Best Italian restaurant in Las Vegas - Martorano's at Paris Las Vegas

Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas

If you want a good, homestyle Italian meal, look no further than Martorano’s.

Chef Steve Martorano, who is from South Philadelphia, brings his old school East Coast family recipes to his restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.

The macaroni (as the chef prefers to call it) dishes are made using imported Rustichella d’Abruzzo products and they’re always cooked al dente.

Try the linguine in white clam sauce, the Spaghetti D.O.P. (San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, basil and D.O.C. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese) or the Rigatoni with Sunday Gravy. The gravy is made with chunks of pork and is topped with a scoop of ricotta cheese.

Another great choice is the bucatini and meatball. The meatballs are a signature item at Martorano’s for good reason – they are delicious.

The restaurant often offers pasta specials in addition to the regular menu. Some of the favorites we’ve tried are a to-die-for mac and cheese and a pasta topped with a wild boar ragu.

Best Restaurant in Las Vegas - Rao's at Caesars Palace

Rao’s at Caesars Palace

Rao’s has been a New York institution since 1896. The restaurant in New York has only 12 tables and is notoriously hard to get into. Luckily the location at Caesars Palace has a lot more room. There’s a dining room, patio, bar and private dining area.

Rao’s serves Southern Italian fare, which includes some amazing pastas like taglioline with peas and ham and spaghetti alla Bolognese with ground veal, beef, pork, San Marzano tomatoes and herbs.

For something a little different, try the ravioli purses with Bartlett pears, ricotta cheese, brown butter, sage and dried cranberries.

Rao’s wants to help you celebrate National Past Month. The restaurant is offering guests an exclusive pasta dish starting on National Pasta Day on Monday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 23. Chef de Cuisine Fatimah Madyun will be dishing up Duck Cannelloni throughout the week made with duck confit, ricotta cheese, sage and dried cranberries rolled in fresh pasta.

GIADA at The Cromwell - Light Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas

GIADA at The Cromwell

Looking for something on the lighter side when it comes to pasta? Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has just the thing at her namesake restaurant, which features Italian cuisine with Californian influences.

The must-try is her signature lemon spaghetti made with shrimp, basil and lemon.

We also love the vegetable Bolognese rigatoni and the pea pesto tortellini with pancetta, English peas and a lemon butter emulsion.

Lasagna fans should try the white lasagna with jumbo prawns, lemon ricotta and spiced tomato broth.

Family Style Las Vegas Restaurant - Carmine's at The Forum Shops

Carmine’s at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Carmine’s is where to go when you want pasta for a large group. The Southern Italian food is served family-style in portions that are enough for four to six people to share. Bonus: That means it’s very budget-friendly too.

The restaurant has been a staple in New York since 1990 and opened its Vegas branch in 2013.

You can get pretty much any kind of pasta you can imagine at Carmine’s. Choose from angel hair, linguine, penne, spaghetti or rigatoni and top it with clam sauce, ragu, pomodoro, garlic and oil, meatballs, sausage and more.

Gluten Free Las Vegas Restaurant - TREVI at The Forum Shops

TREVI at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

TREVI, named after the famous fountains in Rome, serves Italian favorites, including a wide variety of pastas. Sit on the indoor patio area next to the Fountain of the Gods in the picturesque Forum Shops and you can pretend you’re in ancient Rome.

Menu choices include ravioli alla vodka, pappardelle Bolognese, gnocchi Modenese with ricotta and potato gnocchi, and salmon agnolotti – house-made pasta stuffed with salmon mousse with heirloom tomato and olive arrabiatta sauce.

Think you can’t celebrate Pasta Month if you’re gluten-free? Think again. TREVI serves pollo e cavalo –gluten-free ravioli stuffed with chicken and kale and tossed with cherry tomatoes and gorgonzola.

Do yourself a favor and save room for a scoop of TREVI’s house-made gelato for dessert.

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Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas.com. When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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