In honor of National Pasta Month, Martorano’s Italian restaurant at Rio Las Vegas is serving up special menu items each week in October featuring nature’s perfect food. Yes, pasta. And, yes, it’s perfect.
Because of this blog’s ongoing dedication to your culinary bliss while in Las Vegas, we forced ourselves to try all the specials to make sure you’ll love them. Conclusion: We’re confident you will.
The restaurant’s celebrity cook, muscleman Steve Martorano, has concocted four powerhouse dishes, including the item pictured above (featured through Oct. 7), with traditional tubetti pasta and fresh San Marzano tomatoes, peas, onions and a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese ($18).
For the week of Oct. 8-14, Martorano’s will serve a dish (see below) with Bucatini and cauliflower, combined with pistachios, raisins and fresh garlic, topped with toasted Italian bread crumbs and extra virgin olive oil ($25). Side note: Do you realize how difficult it is to find virgin olive oil in Sin City? We’re just saying.
For Oct. 15–21, guests will enjoy a spaghetti and eggplant dish which also features San Marzano tomatoes and homemade mozzarella ($24). Yes, the mozzarella is made at the restaurant, and trust us, you can tell.
The final National Pasta Month offering (Oct. 22-31) is a ziti baked with hot and sweet sausage, peas, onions, mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes and ricotta ($28).
Between bowls of pasta, one of the things you’ll want to inquire about is the two spoon serving technique, pictured below! This is old-school Italian-style service, baby. (Ask Jeffrey, the manager at Martorano’s, for a free lesson.)