Although Italian restaurants may be a dime a dozen in Sin City, what better place to try Italian food outside of Italy, than in New York! Il Fornaio accurately represents Little Italy in both its atmosphere and cuisine. “Outdoor” seating under strings of lights creates a romantic feel that is cozy without being overly elegant or fancy. Friendly service (and maybe even a waiter with an Italian accent) gives this place its authenticity. Now, let’s talk about the food!
Everything at Il Fornaio is made fresh, including the breads. Several different choices of bread will melt in your mouth. The favorite is the olive loaf. Other than that, you will find all your Italian favorites. Fettuccini, Penne, and pretty much any other shape of pasta with almost any protein imaginable make it an easy place for anyone to find something that they like. Don’t forget about the baked dishes. Lasagna, ziti, and chicken parm are better than mama used to make. Start your meal with a selection from the antipasti menu. Try a selection like the bruschetta al pomodoro, fried calamari, carpaccio, or a traditional antipasto platter with goat cheese, smoked salmon, grilled scallops, eggplant salad, marinated onions and olives. Il Fornaio also serves several soup and salad options like the insalata di spinaci which is a bed of spinach with aged ricotta, red onions, apple-wood smoke bacon, champignon mushrooms, and toasted walnuts, and warm vinaigrette. As a main course, there are several pizzas to choose from including margherita, picante, and even fresh calzones (served hot from the oven). However, the real specialties at Il Fornaio are their pastas. The cappelini al pomodoro is served with angel hair pasta, chopped tomatoes, marinara sauce, and fresh basil. Also try the fiadoni di pietro which are spinach filled ravioli with whitefish and salmon, topped with shrimp, asparagus, and saffron sauce.
Main courses include pollo toscano which is rotisserie chicken seasoned with rosemary, served with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes or the scallopine caprese which is thinly pounded veal topped with tomato and fresh mozzarella served with sautéed vegetables and roasted fingerling potatoes.