Zeffirino

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Zeffirino has an original feel to it, even among the Italian restaurants you’ll find throughout The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, with a distinctive, Italian-villa styled space. The 40-foot-tall handcrafted bar was imported from Italy and towers over the first floor, while limestone columns, open windows and antique wares make you feel like you’re dining in the Mediterranean. 

And if that doesn’t do the trick, then the second-floor balcony overlooking the Grand Canal will surely transport you to Venice as you watch the gondolas float by carrying couples and crooning gondoliers.

With restaurants around the world, the name Zeffirino has become synonymous with quality, drawing from a restaurant history dating back to 1939 in Genova, Italy. Dishes such as seitan carpaccio with shaved Parmesan, arugula sprouts and extra virgin olive oil or the Mediterranean sea bass with white wine and a half lobster in pink sauce show what authentic Italian cuisines means.

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Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Zeffirino takes its successful family restaurant originally founded in Genova, Italy, in 1939, and translates it to Las Vegas with style and authentic touches; you’ll be able to taste the history in every tried-and-true dish.
  • The original Zeffirino’s son, Gian Paolo Belloni, was once referred to as “the Pope’s pesto maker” by Pope John Paul II. For us, that’s a good enough reason to try the house made pasta sautéed in pesto cream sauce with potatoes and green beans.
  • The best table at Zeffirino lies in the upstairs balcony, overlooking the Grand Canal of The Venetian hotel. Several tables boast front-row views, so you won’t have to request one in particular when making a reservation.
  • Try the sfoglia di glutine, scaglie di Parmigiano e Germogli di rucola. It’s a mouthful, of words and of food, but this carpaccio of seitan with shaved Parmesan, arugula sprouts and extra virgin olive oil isn’t something you can find in every Italian restaurant.

Things to Know

  • The menu at Zeffirino draws from decades of family experience, since the first Zeffirino opened its doors in 1939 in Genova, Italy. Like the other restaurants of the same name throughout the world, this Las Vegas eatery specializes in northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood.
  • As a general rule, dinner has a greater formal element, but you don’t have to break out the formalwear; the Las Vegas restaurant from the famed Belloni family also serves lunch and a special happy hour menu, so sitting at the bar might be your best option if you come in casual attire.

The Food

  • Zeffirino serves a wide array of housemade pastas and authentic entrées, with prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner; the prix fixe lunch menu will cost you $22.95, plus tax and tip, while the prix fixe dinner menu runs $44.95, plus tax and tip.
  • If you like seafood, then the filetto di branzino alla Catalana, a pan-seared Mediterranean sea bass with white wine and half a lobster served in a pink sauce, will be right up your gastronomic alley.
  • Zeffirino knows how to play to the seafood lovers. With the aragosta diavolo you’ll get a 1.5-pound lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams and scallops tossed in linguine with a spicy tomato sauce.
  • They take a veal chop, pan sear it, then add Fontina cheese and serve it over a Barolo-wine-and-Fontina fondue to make a savory dish that tastes as if it were straight out of the Aosta Valley. This heavenly item is dubbed, costoletta di vitello alla valdostana.

The Bar

  • Zefferino’s bar makes quite the impression— the handcrafted bar was imported from Italy and stands 40 feet over the Las Vegas restaurant’s first floor.
  • The bar at Zeffirino hosts happy hour and late-night specials, with half-price well drinks, $5 house wine and $3 beer in the bar and lounge between 1 and 5 p.m., and the same drink specials, plus $2 shot specials between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • Aside from just being visually impressive with marble, rich wood and glass accents, the bar has its utilitarian purposes: You’ll be able to order a full meal while seated at the bar, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a special menu filled with appetizers. For example, maybe you’ll want to try the fried Mediterranean skewers for $5.95, which come with mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, olives and basil, served with Zeffirino sauce, or the devil’s tail, a baked jalapeño chili filled with pork, for $5.95.
  • There's also the seafood bar (conveniently located in the middle of the bar top) that offers crab legs, oysters, clams, mussels and even a mixed platter, letting you choose what looks good to you and how much you’d like.

Getting There
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
TEL702-414-3500