Nestled between the Wynn and Encore hotels in Las Vegas is the fabulous and decadent Sinatra Restaurant. I wanted to surprise my husband with an amazing meal for his birthday and after extensive research, I stumbled upon what may now be my favorite restaurant on the strip; Sinatra! I’m completely baffled by the notion that I had never heard and or been to Sinatra on one of our many visits to Las Vegas. How could this be? We both love Italian food, Frank Sinatra and fine dining…so where have we been? Needless to say, we have found it and will unquestionably add Sinatra to our “must” list every time we are in Vegas.
Sinatra of course, pays tribute to “Old Blue Eyes” in a classic and timeless way. The music plays in the background and memorabilia is displayed throughout, however nothing feels overwhelming. It’s almost as if there are “hints” of Frank Sinatra speckled throughout, yet you feel as if he’s there with you. Sinatra feels comfortable and inviting, you do not feel as if you are in a stuffy pretentious restaurant. It is on the higher end of the price scale, it isn’t called “fine dining” for nothing and you are in for an absolutely delicious and memorable meal.
From the moment I made the reservation I knew we were in for something special. I informed the hostess we were celebrating a birthday when I made our reservation and requested outdoor dining. Due to weather we were unable to sit outside, if you have the opportunity go for it. There are 3-4 tables outdoors which are set it the cutest most fairytale type patio. There’s a fire place which makes you feel as if you’re indoors.
As we were escorted to our table, the hostess very discretely made eye contact with me in order to single out the birthday boy and kindly sat him in front of the birthday card which had been placed on the table. First impressions are the most important for me, so far we were off to a good start.
After our sommelier presented his recommendations for a bottle of red; our celebration had officially started! Our waiter recommended several appetizers and went over the specials, everything sounded exquisite. We began with the Polpettine; housemade meatballs and polenta fries, delicious! The meatballs truly taste homemade, moist, tender and flavorful. The polenta fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect. Our second appetizer was the Caprese; mozzarella di bufala, heirloom tomatoes, red onion and basil; how can you go wrong. It’s light, refreshing and all the flavors blend well. Everyone at the table enjoyed the appetizers, and it was onto the main course. The birthday boy ordered the Veal Parmigiana; thinly pounded veal chop, melted mozzarella, pomodoro sauce and a side of penne pasta…WOW! The veal was incredibly tender and moist. It was an enormous piece of meat which practically took up the entire plate, trust me you will eat it all. I ordered the Ossobuco “My Way;” braised veal ossobuco, risotto Milanese and gremolata. I was in heaven…that’s all I can say. The ossobuco was incredibly tender, moist, flavorful and simply decadent. The bone marrow was amazing, the risotto was delectable. I will say; it is a heavy dish and if you plan on painting the town red afterwards your plans may need adjusting. I honestly cannot recall what our two friends ordered, but I do recall they both said their food was delicious and definitely well worth it. The food tastes homemade, the Chef’s love radiates in each dish. (Don’t mind the bite taken from each dish, we couldn’t resist)!
Upon devouring our meals the table was cleaned off and our waiter brought the birthday boy a special treat; tiramisu with a candle and “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate; molto adorable! Tiramisu is one of my favorite Italian desserts, it was delicate and wonderful. We also ordered the cheesecake which was topped with a raspberry sherbert, the presentation was delightful and the sherbert complimented the cheesecake very well.