Bottiglia brings a touch of Tuscany to the Las Vegas Valley
Wine’s a big thing here, so big the name had to reflect the concept: Bottiglia Cucina and Enoteca in Green Valley Ranch stems from the wine shops and small restaurants found in Italy (bottiglia actually means bottle in Italian).
The restaurant itself pulls in influences from different regions of Italy: Tuscany and the Apulia and Amalfi coasts, in both décor and menu. The lively dining room, accessible from both casino and parking area, features several mixed seating areas from high-tops to lower tables.
You’ll find traditional dishes here, as well as some inventive combinations, like a roasted beet salad with buffalo milk yogurt, blue cheese and honey. A big basket of crispy calamari comes in two forms—rings and the whole critter—with a garlic tomato sauce for dipping. Zucchini flowers, stuffed with lemon ricotta, make for a tender mouthful. Carpaccio features smoked beef and a poached egg. A shrimp cocktail also makes an appearance; if that’s not enough seafood, try one of the chilled towers.
Before your meal proper, you’ll want to look at cocktails and wine. Bottiglia has a number of refreshing cocktails, but the wine shines. You can order by the glass from a variety of wine-producing regions such as Piemonte in Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and Napa Valley in California. The wine by the bottle roams even further, through Germany, France, Spain, Australia, California’s Sonoma and Russian River valleys, and, of course, Italy. And the clever wine menu is subdivided with titles like Big & Feisty, Wow, and Archaic, Dusty & Expensive as Hell. It makes you laugh, but intrigues you at the same time.
The gnocchi arrabbiata, baked in a wonderfully spicy sauce of Calabrian chili and San Marzano tomatoes, comes with buffalo mozzarella resting atop a goodly amount of the tender dumplings. Pappardelle Bolognese, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, and short rib cavatelli with piquillo peppers will also make your mouth happy. And the lobster fra’ diavolo is just as pretty as it is tasty.
If you opt for meat or fish, there are plenty of choices, such as halibut with a farro risotto, chicken picatta and veal Marsala. New York sirloin and pork chops are both wood-roasted and the chicken “Parm” features Jidori chicken, renowned for its flavor. And although you might not expect this in a traditional Italian restaurant, you can also find a cheeseburger on the menu—a plump patty topped with gouda and accompanied by fragrant truffle fries.
Just recently, Bottiglia added Sunday brunch hours, and you can find many items from the dinner menu such as the chicken Parm plus other items like prosciutto eggs Benedict and cinnamon bread pudding with salted caramel.
Green Valley Ranch Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., 5-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.617.7075