“The announcement that Vetri Cucina was reopening at the Palms was, for me at least, the biggest restaurant news of the 2022.” – Al Mancini, 20-year Las Vegas food writer, and host of the Food and Loathing podcast.
When Philadelphia culinary legend Marc Vetri opened this restaurant in 2018 as part of a massive Palms’ makeover, it was unlike anything in Las Vegas: a sophisticated restaurant that celebrated rustic Italian regional cuisines in a gorgeous space with one of the best views in Las Vegas. And while the chef later found a wider audience with the more approachable fare he offers at his excellent Red Rock restaurant Osteria Fiorella, fine-dining fans and hardcore foodies spent two years wishing for his flagship’s return.
Let’s be clear. This is NOT your neighborhood Italian spot. Starters range from the traditional (bluefin crudo, carpaccio) to the whimsical (foie gras pastrami, sweet onion crepe). Typical pasta selections include almond tortellini with truffle, spinach gnocchi with ricotta salata and brown butter or gemelli with pistachio pesto and orange. And main course options might include smoked capretto (goat), a wagyu bavette or swordfish with Swiss chard. But don’t be intimidated. Trust your server's advice, and embark on an adventure.