As a staple of Italian cuisine, pastas have a long, rich, and varied history. However, rather than memorizing all 300 types and 1300 names, the best way to approach pasta is to consume and enjoy it! At Ferraro’s Las Vegas, we strive to make every pasta dish to perfection. Here are some of our favorite recommendations that you can find on our menu!
Don’t Underestimate Spaghetti
Spaghetti made its way outside of Italy several centuries ago, and along the way, it has been the staple of many pasta recipes. Now, spaghetti is the emblem of Italian cuisine and among the most popular foods in the world. You’ll find spaghetti served with the classic tomato sauce, which can contain herbs like oregano and basil, as well as additional vegetables and even meat for a heartier meal. Carbonaras also feature spaghetti as the primary pasta.
The menu at Ferraro’s features spaghetti in all of its versatile glory. You’ll find your house-made spaghetti with likewise house-made meatballs and tomato sauce. For a different experience, our Spaghetti Aglio E Olio includes whole roasted garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and Calabrese pepper, topped with fresh parmigiana Reggiano (parmesan cheese).
Get To Know Gnocchi
The “g” is silent, but a well-prepared gnocchi dish will elicit expressions of pleasure. Gnocchi are small, soft dough dumplings that can be made from wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, breadcrumbs, or other similar ingredients. They achieve their signature look when the dough is cut into small pieces, then pressed with a fork or cheese grater to make the ridges, which help hold whatever accompanying sauce.
We make our potato gnocchi in-house, and you’ll find two versions in our menu. For lunch and dinner, the gnocchi is served with fresh Pomodoro sauce, basil, and extra virgin olive oil. If you swing by our Ora Sociale (Happy Hour), the gnocchi features Campari tomato sauce instead.
Stuff Yourself with Ravioli
Ravioli is a longtime traditional dish in Italian food, and it is a type of dumpling with a filling secured inside two layers of pasta dough. Oftentimes, ravioli is served with a broth or a pasta sauce, and the filling varies depending on where the ravioli is prepared. Here in Las Vegas, we offer two different kinds of ravioli. The dinner menu is highlighted by the Agnolotti ravioli, which is filled with spinach, mascarpone (Italian cream cheese), ricotta, mortadella (Italian sausage), and tomato sauce. For a delicious vegetarian option, the Ravioli Alla Norma features small pocket eggplant ravioli with a light, creamy basil pesto, confit tomato, and ricotta salata.
Rigatoni Ridges Make You Ripped
How do you make pasta hold more sauce? Give it more surface area by making it tube-shaped and adding ridges down the sides. Rigatoni are one of the larger varieties of tube-shaped pasta that work well with thicker cream or tomato-based sauces, and many recipes also utilize them in pasta bakes.
It’s always go big with the rigatoni at Ferraro’s. The Rigatoni Salsiccia on the dinner menu features bold flavors from the garlic, mushroom, house-made spicy Italian sausage (salsiccia), and Pomodoro sauce. For something a bit smaller but just as bold, you can swing by happy hour for our rigatoni with mushrooms and ‘Nduja, a spicy spreadable pork salumi from Italy.
Tag Team: Tagliatelle & Taglierini
Ribbon pastas are another prominent pasta, and most types are rolled flat then cut into strips, including the popular fettucine. At Ferraro’s, we feature two ribbon pastas: tagliatelle and taglierini. Both derive their name from the Italian “tagliare,” which means “to cut.”
Both pastas work as a tag team at Ferraro’s. The Tagliatelle Bolognese on our lunch menu is bolstered by traditional Emilia Romagna meat sauce, which hearkens to the Italian city of the same name. Be prepared for a treat at dinner, as our Tajarin E Granseola features homemade 30 yolks taglierini, jumbo crab, sea urchin butter, and spicy charred corn sauce.
Lay Out the Lasagne
For the sake of accuracy, a lasagna dish is a backed dish made of several lasagne sheets, with layers of sauces, cheeses, meats, and vegetables. Lasagne is one of the oldest types of pasta, with the first recorded recipe dating back to the 14th century.
Our Lasagna Alla Gino follows the tradition of pasta from Bologna, Italy, and you can find it in both our lunch and dinner menus. The house-made lasagne is prepared and baked with Bolognese sauce, béchamel sauce, ricotta cheese, and tomato sauce.
Enjoy Italian Fine Dining on the Strip
Pasta is just one of our passions here at Ferraro’s. We invite you to join us for happy hour, lunch, or dinner! We take reservations for lunch and dinner both online and by phone.