Maybe it’s left over from the mob days. Maybe it just goes well with Las Vegas's reputation for indulgence. Whatever the reason, Vegas loves its Italian food. Frank Sr. and his son Frankie (Pellegrino) opened an outpost of their popular East Harlem restaurant, Rao's, in Caesars Palace. The menu includes homemade pastas such as pear and ricotta “purses” with brown butter and cranberries, fresh seafood salads, and osso buco. Carnevino has an impressive selection of antipasti and pasta; Bartolotta specializes in the freshest seafood; and Ferraro’s features traditional dishes from Calabria and Tuscany. Don’t pass on the red wine—Ferraro’s stays open until 2:00 a.m.
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Fondue for two, and other top romantic desserts
Couples with a sweet tooth will leave Vegas satisfied. Hit up Rao's at Caesars Palace for a peanut butter and chocolate buckeye (with two spoons), or split one of the famously indulgent sundaes at Serendipity 3. For date-night fondue, visit the Paris hotel and casino to choose from classic, peanut butter, or rocky road options at the Sugar Factory (one of Britney Spears's favorites). On the run? Bouchon Bakery and Payard Patisserie are great for a quick sugar hit. Top French restaurants make dessert especially easy; both Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon serve two or three sweet courses to end their fixed-price menus. Imagine homemade marshmallows, petit fours, and special surprises.