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Earlier this year, TREVI Italian Restaurant at The Forum Shops at Caesars celebrated its first anniversary. It is a truly a combination of Old World charm, incredible architecture, quality dining and delightful cocktails.
Overlooking the Fountain of the Gods, TREVI is named after the famous Trevi fountain in Rome. Speaking of the décor, TREVI features café dining with elaborated street lamps surrounding the fountain and a walk-up gelato/espresso bar. There is a 28-seat, oval bar designed with granite and decorated with blown glass bar lamps. Stairs on both north and south sides of the restaurant led to the Mezzanine Level with seating that looks out through arched windows into the plaza of the Fountain of the Gods. Above is the 12-foot-tall custom glass chandelier hanging from the center of the rotunda through the opening in the floors and in the rear is the open kitchen. The mural with Sophia Loren is breathtaking and just adds to the dining experience.
But the restaurant’s reputation is also created with their unbelievable cuisine. TREVI’s menu features some of the long-time favorites from Bertolini’s as well many new items. Executive Chef Peter Scaturro, who led the team of chefs at Bertolini’s since 1999, and was the recipient of the 2000 Chef of the Year designation from Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is dedicated to using the freshest ingredients with the right blend of spices. His philosophy is, “quality, consistency with some nice surprises.”
Starters include Polenta Fries and Calamari Fritti with homemade soups and salads such as Tuscan Tuna Salad and Mediterranean Salad.
Brick oven fired pizzas including Classic Pepperoni, Chicken Marinated, Margherita, Italian Sausage and Classic Cheese are a staple along with entrees such as Chicken Scaloppini, Veal Parmigiana, Linguini Al Frutti Di Mare and Fettuccini Alfredo.
The desserts here should be the main course. There is the homemade sorbetto, tiramisu, coppa spumoni, crème brulee and banana veneziana. “Master Gelato Maker” Hank Sbraccia is at TREVI by 2 a.m. daily and is dedicated to making award-winning gelato that’s creative and tasty and whips up daily specials, as well as guest favorites, such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. One of their signature desserts is the Spaghetti Ice which really isn’t really a heaping portion of spaghetti and meatballs. It is actually made of strands of vanilla gelato double for spaghetti; strawberry sauce resembles tomato sauce; chocolate gelato is made into the “meatballs”; and white, shaved chocolate is sprinkled on top for parmesan cheese.
“TREVI’s Spaghetti Ice is a unique item on our menu,” said Nick Catanella, General Manager and Managing Partner of TREVI Italian Restaurant at The Forum Shops at Caesars. “When guests order the Spaghetti Ice, they can’t believe that it’s really made of gelato. I don’t know of another restaurant that serves this type of dessert.” Catanella, a veteran in the restaurant and hospitality industry, served for six years as General Manager and Managing Partner for Bertolini’s. He was named 2000 General Manager of the Year from the Morton’s Restaurant Group for the Bertolini’s concept.
Then there are the specialty cocktails including Italian sodas. Assistant General Manger Anthony Cassiello is in the process of creating new spring and summer drinks and said, “We are working on nice, fresh cocktails.” He continued, “We are going to come with some great [bourbon] cocktails and I am also a big fan of some of the bourbon drinks that are out there right now.”
“TREVI offers a wine menu, beer, cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and some very creative Specialty Cocktails,” Catanella concurred. “The cocktails include only the freshest ingredients and top-shelf liquors.”
The Specialty Cocktails include:
• Pomegranate Cosmo – made with Absolut Mandarin, fresh pomegranate juice, Triple Sec and freshly squeezed lime, this creation is served chilled and straight up.
• Macchiato Martini – mixed with Absolut Vanilla, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua and espresso, this libation is served in a toasted biscotti-rimmed martini glass.
• Frozen Lemon Sorbetini – created with Absolut Citron Vodka, a splash of Italian sparkling wine and blended with homemade lemon sorbetti.
• Nona’s Cinnamon Cookie – blended with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Goldschlager, cream and a touch of vanilla, this tasty treat is served on the rocks with a cinnamon sugar rim.
• Italian Margarita – concocted with Sauza Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, Amaretto and fresh lime juice.
• Mojito – mixed with Cruzan Light Rum, fresh mint leaves and fresh lime juice, this temptation is served tall on the rocks. The Mojito is also available with mango and pineapple flavors.
With May being the month for honoring mothers, TREVI Italian Restaurant, Bertolini’s Authentic Trattoria and Morton’s The Steakhouse employees and management have formed a partnership to help The Shade Tree, a shelter for homeless and abused women and children, in Las Vegas. The three restaurants have named their mission “MAGIC”: M, making a memory; A, always being aware; G, giving back to the community; I, because I care, and C for collaborating together to make an impact.
“TREVI, Bertolini’s and Morton’s employees are committed to helping out in the community, and The Shade Tree is a valuable organization to women and children,” said Catanella. “The employees are collecting supplies for The Shade Tree. This is a great way to help the women and children in our community and to encourage team spirit among our employees at the same time.”
“We are very grateful to the TREVI, Bertolini’s and Morton’s employees and management for donating their time, money and resources for the benefit of the women and children at The Shade Tree,” said executive director Marlene Richter. “Their enthusiasm is wonderful. We welcome individuals and companies who come forward and contribute what they can.”
TREVI, Bertolini’s and Morton’s employees have placed donation boxes at the restaurants for a variety of necessities for The Shade Tree, including baby items and cleaning and office supplies. The donation boxes will be available throughout May.
The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
TREVI at the Forum Shops at Caesars
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109