5900 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV | Directions 8910336.114781 -115.221734
Neighborhoods: Spring Valley
Best Italian in Vegas – Although they are not on the strip they honestly know how to provide great service, food, and ambience at a not so shocking price tag. I live right nearby and so go there a lot and it's one of the best reasons for living in Spring Valley :-)
Best old school Italian restaurant in Vegas – I always try new restaurants when I go to LV, but I also always devote one night per trip to eat at Ferraro's. It is old school Italian, with a live but unobtrusive band, and healthy and creative portions of food. Their signature dish, osso buco, is about the size of a shoe, so two people could probably share one. The anchovy salad is very tasty, as is their port chop, rabbit, lobster rissoto, and any pasta dish. As well as their desserts. They key here: Don't go there if you expect some trendy nouveau Strip cuisine. There is a reason Mimmo has kept things the same way for years and years, and people keep coming back. This is traditional Italian all the way, from the food to the ambience. And speaking as one whose ancestors hail from Milan, Ferraro's is a refreshing change from restaurants that try too hard to reinvent the wheel. On another note, I read one review that complained about the restaurant's location, being out west on Flamingo road, far away from the Strip. Truth be told, once you pass the Palms heading west, you will get there in 5 minutes because the traffic eases up so much. Well worth the trip, I promise.
Terrible Service – Visited Las Vegas and couldn't wait to try Mimmo Ferraro's on a Thursday afternoon around 2pm. The restaurant was very nice and everything was fantastic until we had to wait for almost 50 minutes to receive our food and we had to grab the bus boy to check on our order.. Our Waitress was terrible and forgot about us because she was too busy chatting with a table of men that turned out to be the owner. A horrible experience the food was good but not good enough to put up with lousy service. Would not visit again and would not recommend to anyone.
In Las Vegas, it is always nice to find an off-the-strip place faithfully and consistently patronized by the local community. Ferraro?s is a perfect example of such place.
In 1985, Gino Ferraro created a unique dining experience in his bone fide authentic Italian restaurant. Then in 2003, upon his graduation from the California Culinary Academy and studying in Italy, Mimmo Ferraro (Gino?s son), has taken over the everyday duties of running Ferraro?s and serving some of the best food in town.
We started our meal with an outstanding salad, Cappuccina con Gorgonzola, which is almost like a butter lettuce wedge with something extra. As Ferraro?s is best known for their sumptuous and award winning Osso Buco, I had to indulge. It did not disappoint, and was probably the best I?ve ever had. It is highly recommended.
JetSetWay Tip - The shank is called Osso Buco in Italian, literally ?hole bone?, because the bone marrow is part of the appeal of the dish.
We were particularly impressed with an incident over Allyn?s Fettucini Pomodoro. Although it was prepared exactly as per usual, it was not prepared the way she prefers. The waiter heard the conversation and immediately brought out the chef. The chef professionally and kindly listened to her preference, and five minutes later she had a fresh plate, her food cooked exactly as she prefers. Really, they could not have been nicer or more accommodating.
Though I normally stay away from dessert, tonight we shared the Hazelnut and Chocolate Crepe with Mascarpone Cheese, served with Vanilla Gelato. It was the BEST. Kudos to Mimmo, Gino and the whole family. When you go there, be sure to say "Ciao" to Mimmo, who is always around, and tell him I sent you.
Family Family Family – I have been dining out in Vegas for the past 20yrs, I must say that Ferraros has treated me like family every time I walk in the door. I know that I can bring guests there and they will have a fabulous dinner as well as the royal treatment from Gino and now even Mimmo is out and about from the kitchen and really cares if the customers are happy. As for the wine list at Ferroros, unbelievable! Gino will help you choose a wine that is best for your dining expierence, he is just as delightful when picking a $30.00 bottle or a $200.00 bottle. When you want to have an amazing meal, and good company, Mimmo Ferraros is the place to be.
Horrible Service served with an aweful dish with extra attitude – Due to the reviews and overall look of the place, I gave it a try. The atmosphere is nice and settlingly. The waiter seemed nice at first. After looking through the extensive wine list, I asked the waiter for a wine suggestion. He seemed to look at me in disgust. Due to my age and his assumption of my finicial status, he asked what i could afford. This was the first insult as a customer. After selecting a less expensive bottle of wine, our service went down hill. After ordering a few appetizers, there was no acknowledgement of my presence. Only walking past me with disgruntled looks, the waiter sure was taking care of the other tables with what he felt was a " bigger bill, is a bigger tip" motto. I must say the asapargus wrapped in prosciutto was excellent, when it finally arrived. I will not take that away from this place. As for dinner, I ordered the restaurants so called, "special here" which was the lobster diavolo. A pasta served with lobster, shrimp, scallops and oysters over a white cream sauce.
When my main dish arrived, I was shocked and amazed at the taste. It was as bland and tasteless as it gets. The serving size was fair, but the flavor was missing. The dish was missing key ingredients, spices. With a white cream sauce that tasted like milky water and no spice, this was dish was "no special here". On top of a disappointing presentation and taste, there was NO LOBSTER.. After being honest about the dish, and mentioning the missing lobster, the waiter simply shrugged, apologized, and then tried to convince me that the pieces of scallops he pointed to, were lobster chunks. this was the final insult, which ended this meal with one very unhappy customer. . Which goes to show, this place is not a 4 star restaurant, has some bad waiters on the clock, and the chef might be "special" himself for putting such food on a plate and calling it authentic italian.
Disappointing – What a disappointment. I took four friends to Ferraro?s on a Sunday evening after hearing wonderful things about their half-price wine Sunday?s. Ferraro?s easily has one of the best Italian wine lists in Vegas, but that?s all they?ve got. The food was extremely disappointing and so was the service; though it slightly improved when the server learned that one of my guests? and I are both fine dinning servers on the Strip. If you?re going to enjoy a killer bottle of Italian wine Ferraro?s is great, just don?t order any food!
What a TOTAL disappointment and rip off. – I only write reviews when something is either really great or really horrible and this was really horrible. First off, they had a menu outside with prices that must have been a lunch menu because the prices inside were about triple those prices. But, my friends and I aren't afraid to splurge and we were ready for a great Italian meal. Well, where do I start? How about being charged twice for drinks. We were going to start with ordering several appetizers and then split them between us five guys. We started to order appetizers and after ordering the tomato and mozzarella plate, the waiter said he could do better than that. Fine, so we ordered the tomato and mozzarella along with two things that he suggested. Well, instead of bringing three plates of separate appetizers like we ordered, he brought each of us an individual plate with all the stuff on it. We thought this was great, until we realized at the end, when the bill was delivered, that they charged us for each individual instead of just for each appetizer. Just the simple tomato and mozzarella was over $50. But, wait, it gets worse. Not one of us thought our food was anywhere close to being worth what we paid for it, but I ordered lamb chops that were tougher than a Clint Eastwood cowboy character. For two, (yes, TWO) small lamb chops and some unimpressive stack of vegetables, it was $44. While I'm not opposed to spending money for a great meal, this was far, FAR from being even 'okay'. The lamb chops were horribly overdone and the last one was so tough and over-cooked and dry that I actually didn't finish it. The bill was astronomical and we felt totally taken. The food was not great and the cost was way beyond reasonable for such average food. (And in the case of my lamb chops, horrible).
This is by far, BY FAR, the worst restaurant in terms of food to cost ratio that I have EVER been to. And I've been to some nice places. We felt cheated and taken.
Mimmo Ferraro's – To be brief.....Try it. You'll not only like it but Love it. As a local, this is one restaurant that I keep going back to. The food and service is surperb.
EVERYONE IS TREATED LIKE ROYALTY – Sorry if i get wordy...but its rare when you go to a restaurant over and over...and each time...is a wonderful, wonderful experience. As a local...there are few restaurants were i can enjoy quality of food AND quality of service that makes me feel as special as a visitor to our city! The OWNER knows his customers and remembers you with every visit to his restuarant...ive never seen anything like it! Ive tried about 4 of their appetizers that were soooo good, i wanted seconds. Ravioli...is just ravioli...NOT here! The pasta itself is perfectly cooked...never overcooked. The stuffing melts in your mouth. NOTHING is too thick, too glumpy...and yet...the sauces are never so thin, that they become non distinct. All of the sauces Ive tried compliment perfectly. Their Sea Bass...OH MY! I could go on and on about the various dishes...and so far...I havent had one I didnt enjoy. But its not just the food. Its the caliber of the waiters/waitresses. Its the way the owner makes you feel when he comes around and sincerely wants to know if you are enjoying yourself. He never misses a beat...he is constantly in the restaurant, always overseeing what is happening. THIS is the kind of restaurant you find in NY City, Chicago, Boston. This is where you all should go, if you want to relax, have the various food experiences blend and not fight each other in your mouth. THIS is where you go when you want to end your evening feeling this wasnt a meal...this was a significant event during your vacation here or if you are a local like me...a wonderful night, well spent. GO! See if im not right.
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