You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Unless you happen to be the “reimagined” Terra Rossa at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.
The Italian eatery opened for the second time last weekend after closing in 2015 to make way for Salute Trattoria Italiana. Salute’s shuttering in 2017 was followed by the whiplash-inducing closure of Masso Osteria in 2018.
Now the original classic is back, and it’s in more than just name, according to Executive Chef Dan Rossi.
“We looked back at old menus and recipes, and want to bring back a lot of the profiles that our guests liked,” explains Rossi. Loyal customers will find a fresh take on signature dishes such as Sausage & Peppers, Pomodoro and Cacio e Pepe.
“We are humbled by the positive responses from our loyal guests and look forward to building upon these great memories and experiences,” he says.
Not that there won’t be differences, such as new flavors from the open kitchen’s woodfired pizza oven. There’s also a unique, two-chuted Josper grill and oven that’s 100 percent charcoal-fed. The combination of hardwood and Japanese Binchotan (made from Japanese oak) add an inimitable taste to the restaurant’s striploin, chicken, swordfish and other proteins.
“We are committed to keeping the same quality that Terra Rossa is and was known for,” says Rossi. “That being said, we are walking a line between a rustic and refined experience in food, service and atmosphere.”
Terra Rosa boasts a 4,000-square foot, open dining room and an outdoor patio with Red Rock Canyon views. There is also a dedicated wine room with more than 1,500 bottles, a private dining room and a full bar.
Described as approachable, the menu mingles Italian staples, family favorites and “elevated” additions.
“We…are trying to bring back some of that nostalgia but also want to modernize some new aspects that all will embrace,” says Rossi. “We want the genuine feel of a Sunday dinner at your family’s house.”
Terra Rossa offers family-style dining daily, Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour is daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A Saturday and Sunday brunch will launch in the fall.