Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
After establishing Spiaggia in Chicago, chef Paul Bartolotta didn’t have much to prove, but his recent success is on an even grander stage at the multilevel eponymous Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare in the Wynn Las Vegas. Whether you’re eating in the (comparatively) casual top level, in the more elegant dining room with glass-bubble chandeliers, or by the “lagoon” filled with reflecting balls in one of the surrounding private cabanas, you can bet on an authentic Italian meal. Bartolotta’s regional specialties focus on seafood, with ingredients reportedly flown in daily straight from the Mediterranean. Dentice All’ Acqua Pazza (Mediterranean red snapper in “crazy water”) and the Costole di Maiale Nero al Rosmarino e Ginepro (Berkshire black hog chop sautéed in a white wine sauce and scented with rosemary and juniper) are standouts.