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Gaetano’s Ristorante Owner’s Recent Trips to Sicily Inspire New Authentic Recipes for 20th Anniversary Menu

New Gaetano’s Ristorante menu, launching June 1

With travel prices skyrocketing this summer, guests in Las Vegas Valley need look no further than Gaetano’s Ristorante at 10271 S. Eastern Ave. to enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience just a few miles from home.

New Gaetano's Ristorante Menu, Launching June 1st
New Gaetano’s Ristorante Menu, Launching June 1st

Now that experience can be made even more memorable with a new Gaetano’s menu, launching on June 1, which will take much inspiration from the owner’s recent visit to Italy.

After serving Henderson for 20 years, Gaetano’s owner Nick Palmeri chose to give his menu a summer facelift. He looked to his family roots for that. On a recent trip to Sicily, the restaurateur visited the family-run owners who source many of the fresh ingredients already found in his family’s award-winning Italian dishes. One visit was to the anchovy factory and olive oil grove/production site where he sources his extra virgin olive oil and Castelvetrano olives.

“Speaking to the families who have been making these products for generations and seeing how the raw material becomes the final product gave me goosebumps,” recalls Palmeri. “I thought ‘I want to share the stories of the producers and show how their amazing quality makes our recipes so unique and authentic.'”

Palmeri also purchased a bronze cast pasta extruder to bring a new level of quality and Italian authenticity to its award-winning homemade pasta recipes. It took two weeks to enter the perfect recipe, a mixture of Italian and American semolina, he said.

“In Italy I asked every restaurant what they do with their pasta and 100% of them used bronze colored pasta. What makes bronze-colored pastas so special is that they have a coarser texture that holds the sauce better,” he noted.

The new Gaetano’s menu features 95 percent of Gaetano’s pastas made in-house, and many new recipes, wines and cocktails, along with old classics that locals have come to love over the years. Some of the new recipes include:

Sicilian Arugula Salad: Fresh salad with shaved fennel, blood orange wedges, heirloom tomatoes, and blood orange citrus dressing
Cacio e Pepe: A traditional Roman dish with homemade egg noodle spaghetti with black pepper and pecorino Romano cheese
Orecchiette alla Calabrese: round pasta baked with olive oil, garlic, broccoli rabe, calabrese sausage and Calabrian chili paste
Pappardelle alla Bolognese: Homemade wide egg noodle pasta served with our homemade Bolognese meat sauce
Sicilian Old Fashioned: Cocktail & Son’s signature cocktail made with bourbon, Amaro Averna, and spiced demerara syrup

After Palmeri’s father (Gaetano) passed away three years ago, the restaurateur delved deeper into his Italian roots to find new menu inspiration. Like his father, he has a passion for food, wine and cocktails. His trips to Italy were not just to rediscover his ancestral roots, but to understand the gastronomic culture and bring it back to Henderson, where you feel like you are in Italy, bite by bite at his restaurant.

For more information about Gaetano’s Ristorante, visit gaetanoslasvegas.com or call 702-361-1661.

MORE ABOUT GAETANO’S RISTORANTE

Gaetano’s Ristorante is located at 10271 S. Eastern Ave., No. 111, in Henderson, Nev. Gaetano’s has been owned and operated in Henderson since 2002, previously located in Calabasas, California. Featuring gourmet authentic Italian dishes, the menu includes house-made pastas, Italian dishes with veal, poultry, premium beef and seafood, and Italian wines and cocktails. Proudly reviewed by Zagat, it has been included in Best of Las Vegas, named Best New Off Strip Restaurant.

Opening hours are daily from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM. For more information visit gaetanoslasvegas.com or call 702-361-1661.

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