Most people look at lunch as a late breakfast or early dinner. Many Americans choose the type of lunch you can eat in the car.
However, Most parts of the world may not feel that way. Even in the culinary epicenter , Las Vegas, A good healthy lunch may not be too easy to find.
When Terra Rossa in the Red Rock Resort located in Summerlin opened for lunch we welcomed a chance for an opportunity to experience Las Vegas fine dining in the middle of the day. The Cuisineist held our breath and jumped into Terra Rossa and hoped to find a mid day dining oasis.
Terra Rossa Italian Restaurant offers authentic Italian foods such as homemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, fresh fish and an extensive antipasto table. Their wine room hosts a collection of 1,500 bottles of premiere Italian and California wines. From his post in the open kitchen, Chef Nicola Nieddu, from Sardinia brings the authentic flavors and warmth of Italy .
The restaurant’s intimate setting brings the feeling of a Tuscan villa and overlooks the outdoor pond and water fall. You get the best of both worlds with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating.
salmone rustico…grilled and served with sautéed rapini and extra virgin olive oil
pesce spada…swordfish and grilled vegetables, with Mediterranean relish
scaloppine al limone…with lemon sauce, served with spinach “all’agro”
scaloppine al marsala…with sauteed mushrooms
pollo ai carciofi…chicken filets sauteed with artichokes in lemon white wine sauce
pollo alla piccata…free range chicken breasts with lemon caper sauce and spinach
pollo alla parmigiana…breaded, pan fried and finished with tomato sauce and cheeses
pollo al mattone...whole hen cooked under a brick with mustard wine sauce and rapini
Pasta capellini al pomodoro…angel hair pasta with tomato, garlic, basil and olive oil
capellini primavera…with fresh garden vegetables, plum tomatoes and basil
spaghetti a la Renato…tossed in tomato sauce and finished with butter and parmesan
spaghetti con polpette…with tomato sauce, parmesan and meatballs
pappardelle al ragu’…tossed in our three meats sauce
linguine alle vongole…with clams in a lightly spiced white wine garlic sauce
penne al pesto…fresh basil pesto with green beans and potatoes
gnocchi…soft potato dumplings tossed with tomato sauce and basil
tortiglioni con salsiccia...with peas and sausages in tomato cream sauce
agnolotti…filled with Italian ricotta cheese and sauteed with tomato and basil sauce
ravioli…filled with spinach and ricotta with three meats ragu
( you can add chicken or shrimp )
espresso soaked ladyfingers layered with marscapone creame, served with Tuscan biscotti
fresh fruit and sabayon
amaretto sabayon, fresh seasonal berries, shortbread cookie
chocolate molten cake a warm chocolate cake with homemade vanilla gelato
fresh cannoli stuffed with sweet homemade ricotta cheese, toasted hazelnuts and pistachios
cheesecake ricotta and marscapone cheesecake topped with whipped cream
homemade gelato and sorbetti
With each course we were able to breath a little easier and knew that we found a great way to dine in Las Vegas for lunch. This is a lunch that we will have to repeat as the choices were too much to experience in just one visit. We do know however that we will breath a sign of satisfaction the next time we want to enjoy a great lunch off the strip in Las Vegas. Enjoy and Bon Appetit !