By Tracy Hartley
Featuring an “outdoor” patio section next to the Fountain of the Gods in the Forum Shops and a walk-up gelato and coffee bar, it was immediately clear that Trevi is more than just an Italian Restaurant. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is warm and inviting. At the center of the dining area is a 12-foot tall custom glass chandelier hanging down from the ceiling above the Mezzanine Level. The tables have a warm glow provided by glass dome pendant lamps inscribed with Italian phrases. The one over our table said “It’s easier to be faithful to a restaurant than it is to a woman” in both English and Italian.
I generally ask for suggestions on the menu since each restaurant has their own specialties, and this was no different. We started with the Shrimp Cocktail and the Mozzarella Corroza. The shrimp were succulent and deliciously paired with a spicy cocktail sauce. The Mozzarella Corroza was amazing. Homemade mozzarella, smoked prosciutto and roasted tomatoes all wrapped around an Italian crostini them breaded and fried. Served on a bed of marinara sauce, it was a great start to an amazing meal.
They also suggested trying an Italian Soda (delicious) and a cocktail, so we went with the Sangrini, a homemade peach Bellini infused with Valpolicella, a red wine. Quite delightful and a refreshing counterpart to the appetizers.
For our entrees, we started with the Lasagna Pizza. How could I resist the name alone? A deep dish pizza topped with layers of Italian Sausage, ricotta and mozzarella cheese and pomarola sauce it tasted exactly like lasagna on top of pizza (sans the noodles, that would have been overkill).
Next was the Chicken Scaloppine topped with artichoke hearts, pancetta, capers and a lemon butter sauce. Served with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes, the dish was flavorful and balanced. The chicken was so tender and juicy, paired with the lemon sauce, that we couldn’t stop eating it!
For dessert I started with a cappuccino – and the tiniest biscotti I have ever seen! It was just the perfect little bite of cookie paired with a fantastic cappuccino.
The Tiramisu did not disappoint, and I am hard to please when it comes to Tiramisu! It had just the right balance of lady fingers, creamy mascarpone and coffee flavor. Sometimes Tiramisu can be soggy or heavy because it is sitting for too long, but not at Trevi. It seemed like they must have just made it when we placed the order – so fresh and light.
We also ordered the Spaghetti Ice which has to be seen to be believed! They take vanilla gelato and make it look like spaghetti, then shape the chocolate gelato like meatballs and top it all with strawberry “sauce”, then sprinkle white chocolate shavings like the parmesan cheese over the top. If I didn’t know it was dessert I could have mistaken it for a spaghetti dinner. Very clever and quite tasty.
Overall we were very impressed with the food, the service, the ambiance and did I mention the food? Fantastic experience and I would highly recommend that you make time in your Vegas vacation for dinner at Trevi.
Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Open daily at 11 am.