Last Updated on January 6, 2023
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is home to many wonderful culinary experiences, but when it’s Italian cuisine you crave, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano is one of the best Italian restaurants you’ll find. With menus filled with unique Northern Italian recipes, you can expect a delicious and wonderful dining experience.
Prepare to have your taste buds tantalized as we talk about what to expect from this favorite Italian restaurant at the Venetian Resort.
About Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano
Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano is a bustling Italian Trattoria with cuisine inspired by Northern Italy and the Italian restaurants of the Los Angeles Arts District.
At the hands of the culinary master, chef Angelo Auriana, Matteo’s brings a taste of Italy to your table with food that tastes incredible and is crafted with locally sourced ingredients.
One bite of the food, and you’ll want to come back — even if it’s only for takeout to enjoy back in your room at the Venetian Las Vegas.
Menu & Price
Grabbing lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant often means something like a salad or a sandwich since many of the nicer restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip are only open in the evening. When you dine for lunch at Matteo’s, the food is very similar to what they offer for dinner, just with slightly smaller portions.
It’s wonderful to dine on food that’s so fresh and flavorful for a midday meal. A starter or shared plate is the perfect way to begin your meal.
We really like the grilled calamari with fennel-kohlrabi salad and the Cavolo Nero, which has aged ricotta, crostini crumbs, red wine vinegar, and hazelnuts on a bed of Tuscan kale and radicchio.
Next up are the lunch entrees. You can enjoy a pasta dish, like linguine with field mushrooms, roasted garlic, and English peas, or pork and veal-filled ravioli with brown butter sage sauce. All of the pasta is handmade, fresh, and so tender.
There is also your choice of Focaccia, seafood, and meat dishes. Plus, decadent desserts. It is Las Vegas, so it’s perfectly acceptable to get a little sinful with tiramisu or panna cotta at lunchtime!
Starters and shared plates range from $12-$28. Lunch entrees cost in the range of $21-$63. If you’re interested in desserts, expect to pay an additional $13-$21 for a sweet ending. Cocktails and wines are extra.
Dinner out in Las Vegas can be a very special affair, and whether it’s a casual meal or a special occasion, what you want is really good food. Matteo’s follows through with dishes that are crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You can taste the quality of each dish.
Starters and Shared Plates
We love the shared plates. They make for such a superb beginning to an intimate meal. Try the spicy peppers filled with soft cheese and grana Padano or the foie gras with fig jam and huckleberries.
This is where you can really see that the unique Northern Italian recipes are considered an art form at Matteo’s. One of the classic favorites is the Mandilli di Seta, which is a handmade handkerchief pasta with almond basil pesto. This dish is the epitome of how simple and classic can be perfect.
If you enjoy chicken, try the roasted half chicken with couscous, Reggiano cream, and black garlic sauce. The slow braised beef short rib with parmesan risotto and celery hearts is to die for, as are the roasted sea scallops with English pea puree.
The desserts are pure Italian masterpieces. Think along the lines of tiramisu, panna cotta, peach, and cream-filled puff pastry with white chocolate sauce or a pistachio cake with strawberry gelee. House-made ice creams and sorbets are also available.
You might be full when you get to this part, but we strongly urge you to at least share one of these wonderful desserts.
The average entree cost ranges anywhere from $25-$80, with entrees that feature steak and seafood being at the higher end of this range. On average, if you plan on enjoying a starter or shared plate, entree, dessert, and drinks, it’s reasonable to plan on spending at least $100 per person.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly meal, it’s easy enough to skip the appetizer and dessert, along with the expensive cocktails that really boost the final cost.
What better way to spend a leisurely Las Vegas weekend morning or early afternoon than sitting at a table at Matteo’s Ristorante and enjoying a delicious brunch? Matteo’s offers a delectable brunch of tasty indulgences, all crafted with fresh ingredients.
Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory food, there’s something for you. On the sweeter side, you can choose Ricotta Pancakes topped with your choice of blueberries, mascarpone crema, orange marmalade, and maple syrup. Don’t forget to pair this with a flight of three mimosas.
For a savory preference, the cured salmon with crispy potatoes, capers, red onion, and lemon is wonderful. Another favorite is the sauteed shrimp over baked polenta with white wine and crispy prosciutto.
Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano offers brunch at a very reasonable price for Las Vegas. Brunch entrees are priced in the range of about $16-$25, with brunch entrees that feature steak or shrimp costing a little outside of this range.
The garlic-infused bloody mary and mimosa each cost $12. A flight of mimosas costs $30.
Pre-Theater & Prix Fixe
Las Vegas is a theater and entertainment lover’s delight. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the flavors of Italy, Matteo’s Ristorante offers wonderful Pre-Theater menus.
You start with your choice of three appetizers, including our favorite, the Cremella with creamy mozzarella, gem lettuce, green beans, and champagne vinaigrette.
Entrees included selections from the sea and land. Choose the grilled Mediterranean sea bass with celery root puree, the handkerchief egg pasta with almond basil pesto, or the slow-roasted pork belly.
The Pre-Theater experience also includes decadent desserts, like homemade cannoli with aged ricotta sweet filling, orange marmalade, and crushed pistachios.
Every course is satisfying and truly delicious.
The Pre-Theater selection is available from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm and costs $65 per person. Wine pairing may be available for an extra charge.
Matteo’s sometimes offers Prix Fixe Tasting menus, which include three courses. When available, you can enjoy this selection from 5:00 pm until close. The cost is $75 per person, with wine pairing available for an additional $25.
New Years Menu
Every year, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano welcomes you to spend the holidays with them and celebrate life’s special occasions. They offer both a special Christmas menu and a New Year’s Eve menu. While the selections on the menu may change from year to year, the fantastic quality, taste, and culinary ingenuity remain constant.
Starter and Main Course
The NYE menu features a wonderful appetizer, like butter-poached lobster and caviar, which is filled with a selection of entrees to choose from. There are at least one or two pasta dishes, like Taglioni pasta with fresh egg, Reggiano butter sauce, and white truffles. There are also fish and meat options to choose from.
Desserts round off this fantastic special occasion dining experience. Prepare for decadence, like a white truffle panna cotta with creme Anglaise.
When you’re celebrating NYE in true Las Vegas style, a dynamic menu like the one offered by Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano is the perfect way to go. Prices may change, but expect to pay upwards of $350 per person, and make sure to make your reservations well in advance.
How many times have you taken the kids out to eat, only to end up disappointed in the kids’ menu? Many restaurants offer subpar kids’ offerings, but if you’re going out for a nice dinner, it’s only fair that the little ones get to enjoy something wonderful and tasty too. Matteo’s Ristorante has done a wonderful job with their kids’ menu.
They have managed to find that sweet spot, with meals that kids will actually enjoy but are also top-notch compared to the usual offerings.
The kids’ selections even include appetizers, such as a Mozzarella Fritta or Focaccina. Then for an entree, your young one can choose pasta, which all look as delicious as the adult versions, gnocchi, or one of the standards like chicken fingers or a cheeseburger meal – kids will be kids, after all!
An ice cream sandwich or mixed berries with whipped cream and powdered sugar round off this delectable menu for guests 12 years and younger.
So, what are the most popular dishes at Matteo’s in Las Vegas? With all the great food, it’s difficult to pinpoint the restaurant’s best dishes. However, there are a few that stand out.
The Mandilli di Seta is one of the most popular pasta dishes, and it’s difficult to pass up the braised beef short rib with celery hearts. The Flannery dry-aged ribeye steak with king mushrooms will win the hearts of steak lovers, and the pan-roasted salmon is possibly some of the most tender and flavorful that we’ve ever had.
Chef Angelo Auriana
Chef Angelo Auriana is from Northern Italy, hence his mastery of the cuisine. He graduated with honors from the San Pellegrino school. After fine-tuning his culinary skills, he moved to California in the mid-1980s. It was here that he partnered in opening BRERA and the Factory Kitchen, both in the Los Angeles Arts District.
He partnered with the Ferdinandi family in these ventures, and later the restaurant group came to Las Vegas, where Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano was born.
Group dining is available at Matteo’s Las Vegas. If your party size is 25-60, and you’re interested in a standing reception, the bar and lounge are available. The bar is also available for seated private dining for parties of 32 guests.
Group dining in the dining room can be reserved for parties of twelve or more. The maximum party size is fifty-four guests.
The reviews tend to speak for themselves in the restaurant world, and sites like OpenTable have Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano rated highly.
What guests love about this Las Vegas restaurant is the attentive staff and, of course, the amazing food.
What about the negative reviews? For some, the noise level was a bit much, while others thought the restaurant wasn’t quite intimate enough.
Matteo’s is a nice restaurant, but you don’t have to get dressed up in a suit or cocktail dress unless you want to. Business casual attire is perfectly fine, as long as you don’t show up wearing athletic wear, ripped jeans, swimwear, or super casual or super revealing clothing.
Hours & Reservations
Matteo’s is open from 11:30 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm. On Sunday, the hours of operation are 10:00 am until 10:00 pm.
To make a reservation, you can visit Matteo’s online or call them at 702-414-1222.
Guests who are dining at Matteo’s are welcome to park in the Venetian Las Vegas parking garage. The Venetian offers two parking garages where guests and visitors can park for free. Both the garage for the Venetian and its connected sister property, the Palazzo, are accessible from Las Vegas Boulevard.
The free parking is wonderful, even if you’re ordering takeout because it saves so much hassle and stress.
Valet parking is also available at Venetian Las Vegas at a flat rate of $35 per day.
Location & Map
Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano is located in Venetian Las Vegas. You can find Matteo’s nestled in the Venetian’s restaurant row. Matteo’s is located next to the Opaline Theater, making it the perfect location for pre-theater meals or cocktails at the bar before the show.
The Venetian is located at 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd (aka the Las Vegas Strip).
Make your reservations today for Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano Las Vegas, and experience some of the best-tasting Italian cuisines you’ve ever had.