At the majestic Four Seasons in Las Vegas, the recently-restyled Veranda restaurant is wholly unique—quiet, warm, civilized and in perfect harmony with its natural decor. Veranda is light, airy and reminiscent of a great Italian trattoria. Guests can choose to dine peacefully indoors or al fresco on the sprawling outdoor terrace. Chef Antonio’s reimagined Italian menu serves up handmade pastas and fresh, seasonal favorites from the restaurant’s wood-fire oven. Our triumph of a dinner here started with Montanare–puff bread with bresaola, mushrooms, Stracchino cheese and quine mostarda. Burrata Caprese followed, the cheese creamy and studded with grape tomatoes and pesto and christened with a light white Balsamic. Antonio then proudly brought out richly bodied and slightly salted thin Prosciutto Mozzarella e Zucca, 18 month aged parma with buffalo mozzarella, butternut squash, saba and amaretto. Our appetites building, we faced the next dish–Crudo, thinly sliced raw Ahi tuna in a delicate Balsamic-soy dressing with perfectly ripe avocado slices. Small plates of Tartara were next, juicy beef tenderloin in an olive oil zabaglione with caper berries and focaccia. Basta. But Antonio had more magic up his sleeve: one of his signature dishes, La Pasta Cotta Nel Vaso, hand made artichoke pasta cooked in a jar with scallops, calamari, shrimp, tomatoes, caciucco sauce and sweet basil was fragrant and complex, light as a feather and scrumptious. In between glasses of fine Tuscan wine from the well-priced and extensive cellar, we then happily faced the secondi or entrees. Brasato, braised beef short ribs with creamy and crispy polenta, Treviso smoked garlic cream and Taurasi wine sauce was divine and, finally, a plate of Branzino, sea bass in Manila clams, cannellini beans Uccelletto sauce, cauliflower, and seafood Guazattoi sauce ended this memorable and extravagant culinary tour de force.
Veranda is an Italian restaurant that stands head and shoulders above all others in Las Vegas, perhaps the country. Comfortable and sophisticated sophistication it is authentic, but at the same time dazzlingly contemporary. One can eat like a Medici prince or just linger over a crisp wood-fired pizza. After dinner, an array of decadent, Italian-inspired desserts awaits. Lunch serves up a mix of Italian cuisine with American influences. A bountiful daily breakfast includes fresh juices, pastries and fruits, while the legendary weekend breakfast buffet, featuring a fresh donut machine, is a must. Gluten-free meal options are also available. Two private dining rooms offer space for intimate gatherings at Veranda. Located at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel, 3960 S. Las Vegas Blvd., call (702) 632-5121 for reservations.
Veranda at Four Seasons Las Vegas: incredible Italian cuisine