Travel to Sicily with Executive Chef Francesco DiCaudo of Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. It’s his home region, as well as the next stop on Ferraro’s season-long tour through Italy with its 2018 Summer Regional Menu Series. All summer, Ferraro’s is offering a changing rotation of prix-fixe menus inspired by Italy’s most renowned culinary regions; Sicily’s menu will be featured from July 13 – July 26. Each Summer Regional Menu is priced at $49 per person and select bottles of wine, chosen by Ferraro’s sommelier to complement the featured menu, are offered at special values as well.
DiCaudo was born near Mt. Aetna in Sicily, where he began working in kitchens when he was just 14. Internships would eventually bring him to hone his skills in Rome, Italy and Paris, France. In 2003, he met Chef Gianpaolo Belloni and immediately recognized his talent and brought him from Italy to Las Vegas. His career has taken him to the finest Italian restaurant kitchens in Las Vegas—restaurants at Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and The Venetian. He became executive chef at Ferraro’s in 2015 and, in 2017, was named “Las Vegas Chef of the Year” by Desert Companion magazine.
Traditional Sicilian ingredients featured in DiCaudo’s menu include eggplant, fresh tuna, swordfish, citrus and pistachios, while typical dishes include both the appetizer selection of caponata and sweet brioche-style dessert bread served with Sicilian granita. The complete Summer Regional Menu, Sicily, features:
Appetizer (choose one)
Lightly seared tuna, fennel-citrus salad
Cold eggplant caponata, homemade oven roasted ricotta cheese
Pasta (choose one)
Busiate alla Trapanese
Short twisted hollow pistachio-flavored pasta, swordfish, almond-tomato pesto
Fusilli al Ragu
Corkscrew-shaped pasta, lamb ragù, ricotta salata
Main Couse (choose one)
Braciola di Maiale
Grilled Korobuta pork chop, fava beans, mushroom, pickled yellow seed mustard sauce
All-natural seared chicken breast, corn, mushrooms, farro, marsala sauce
Brioscia co’ tuppu
Traditional soft sweet summer bread and lemon granita
Paired Wine Values (by the bottle)
Tornatorne Bianco 2016, $54 (regular price $68)
Saia 2015, $56 (regular price $74)
Passorosso 2015, $88 (regular price $108)
Other regions to be featured during the Summer Regional Menu Series include Toscana (July 27 – Aug. 9), Veneto (Aug. 10 – Aug. 23) and Campania (Aug. 24 – Sept. 7). Featured dishes and accompanying wines for each menu will be announced throughout the summer.
For more information about Ferraro’s or to make reservations, call (702) 365-5300, or click here.