Las Vegas' fresh Italian spot
Preparing authentic Italian cuisine comes easy for chef Antonio Minichiello of Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas’ Veranda Cucina Italiana restaurant. Growing up in Naples, Italy, the talented toque learned a thing or two about the well-loved cuisine. And now, he can be found in the kitchen of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel whipping up a variety of authentic, fresh fare. With seasonally changing menus, a new look (the restaurant underwent a $1 million refresh in September 2014) and a new name, Veranda will give you a real Italian treat.
Upon entering the restyled Veranda, you’ll notice a sleek set of burnt orange lounge chairs designed by Italian artist Harry Bertoia. And thanks to Engstrom Design Group, other new additions include an eight-seat communal table, which is perfect for traditional family-style meals; eclectic light fixtures; and an open wood screen that “separates” the front of the restaurant from the back. Also expect to see chairs with orange seats, light blue leather banquettes, wood tables and earth tones in the carpeting. (The patio offers wicker chairs and is surrounded by lush greenery.) But should you just want to pop into the bar for a drink, choose from super-chic textured leather bucket stools or a banquette with a striking hot pink and green swirl pattern to enjoy your wine in comfort.
Known for its handmade pastas and items like braised beef short ribs, Veranda continues to push Italian cuisine to the next level. Whenever you dine at this Las Vegas restaurant, you can look forward to menus filled with seasonally fresh dishes. Choose from antipasti (Sicilian meatballs or beet carpaccio with roasted sugar beets and ricotta, citrus rainbow carrots, candied hazelnuts and passion fruit vinaigrette) and salads (poached pear or burrata caprese), pastas (handmade saffron tagliolini in a parsley-mare sauce or from-scratch cavatelli with chiodini mushrooms) and other delicious dishes, such as the citrus-glazed salmon with king trumpet mushrooms and roasted chicken with organic creamy polenta.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas upped its cool factor ever since its $30 million renovation in December 2012. For instance, if you show up a little early for a dinner reservation and don’t want to wait around inside Veranda, you don’t have to. Directly outside of the Italian restaurant you will find charging stations where you can hangout and juice your cell phone back to 100 percent. Or just walk a couple of steps over to Press, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor lobby bar and sip on a Cloud 9 (caramel Maker’s Mark, salted caramel ice cream and house whipped cream) before indulging in your appetizing meal. Try to snag a seat in one of four white birdcage-like chairs, which are great for camping out with a cocktail — Press also offers beer and 16 varietals of wines by the glass — and people watching.