The owner of Ristorante de Gaetano’s recent trips to Sicily inspire new authentic recipes for the 20th anniversary menu
With high travel prices this summer, Las Vegas Valley diners 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.
Now that experience can be made even more memorable with a new Gaetano menu, launching June 1, which draws much inspiration from the owner’s recent visit to Italy.
After 20 years of serving Henderson, Gaetano owner Nick Palmeri has chosen to give his menu a summer facelift. He turned to his family roots to do so. On a recent trip to Sicily, the restaurateur visited the family owners who source many of the fresh ingredients already found in his family’s award-winning Italian dishes. A visit was to the anchovy facility and olive grove/production site from where he sources his extra virgin olive oil and Castelvetrano olives.
“Talking to the families who have been making these products for many generations and seeing the raw material become the final product gave me goosebumps,” Palmeri recalls. “I said to myself, ‘I want to share the stories of the producers and show how their exceptional quality makes our recipes so unique and authentic. »
Palmeri has also purchased a bronze pasta extruder to bring a new level of Italian quality and authenticity to its award-winning homemade pasta recipes. It took two weeks to compose the perfect recipe, a mixture of Italian and American semolina flour, he said.
“In Italy, I asked every restaurant what they did with their pasta and 100% of them used bronze-fired pasta. What makes bronze-cooked pasta so special is that it has a coarse texture that holds sauce better,” he noted.
Gaetano’s new menu features 95 percent of Gaetano’s homemade pasta, and many new recipes, wines and cocktails, as well as long-time classics that locals have come to love over the years. Some of the new recipes include:
Sicilian Arugula Salad: Fresh salad with grated fennel, blood orange segments, heirloom tomatoes, and blood orange citrus vinaigrette
Cacio e Pepe: A traditional Roman dish with homemade egg noodle spaghetti with black pepper and pecorino romano cheese
Orecchiette alla Calabrese: Round-shaped pasta sautéed with olive oil, garlic, broccoli rabe, Calabrian sausage and Calabrian chili paste
Pappardelle alla Bolognese: Homemade wide egg noodle pasta served with our homemade Bolognese meat sauce
Sicilian Old Fashioned: Signature cocktail made with bourbon, Amaro Averna and spicy demerara syrup from Cocktail & Son
After Palmeri’s (Gaetano) father passed away three years ago, the restaurateur delved deeper into his Italian roots for new menu inspiration. Like his father, he is passionate about food, wine and cocktails. His travels to Italy were not just about rediscovering his ancestral roots, but about understanding the food culture and bringing it back to Henderson, where you can feel like you’re in Italy one bite at a time at his restaurant.
For more information about Gaetano’s Ristorante, visit gaetanoslasvegas.com or call 702-361-1661.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RISTORANTE DE GAETANO
Gaetano’s Ristorante is located at 10271 S. Eastern Ave., #111, in Henderson, Nevada. Family owned and operated, Gaetano’s has been in Henderson since 2002, having been located in Calabasas, CA. Offering authentic gourmet Italian cuisine, the menu includes homemade pasta, Italian dishes with veal, poultry, beef and seafood, as well as Italian wines and cocktails. Proudly reviewed by Zagat, it was included in Best of Las Vegas, named Best New Off Strip Restaurant.
Hours of operation are 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. For more information, visit gaetanoslasvegas.com or call 702-361-1661.