If you’re in Las Vegas and in the mood for Italian food, what better place to go than The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace? The splendor of this Italian-themed shopping and dining complex makes it the perfect locale for such restaurants as Carmine’s, Trevi, and Il Mulino, with the latter undeniably as the high end of these Italian eateries.
Il Mulino, with its flagship location in New York, looks right at home in Vegas with its elegance of dark wood, white tablecloths, soft lighting and big iron chandeliers. And though you won’t overlook the Coliseum or Trevi Fountain, you will have a view of The Strip if you manage to be seated in the balcony section of the restaurant. A private room also exists as does a beautiful bar area with an extensive wine list.
The menu headings are written in Italian but all items listed therein are accompanied by English descriptions. Starters, called Antipasti, offer mainly seafood options, while authentic Italian entrees include an assortment of pasta dishes, as one would expect, as well as veal, fish, and chicken dishes, filet of beef, and a selection of risotto and side dishes, including steamed broccoli and fried zucchini. Entrees range from $30 to $70. For my personal taste, the garlic grilled veal chop with roasted potatoes (Cotoletta Alla Salvia Singola) was outstanding, and my review partner was quite pleased with the Chicken Parmigiana.
Pro Tip: you’ll be tempted to dive into the bread basket and cheese that is brought to your table prior to ordering your meal. But as delicious as it is, do your best to resist or at least try to limit yourself because you’ll need to save room for your oversized entree. Portion sizes here are huge and could easily feed two people.
The dessert menu, which includes Tiramisu, Tartufo, cheesecake, assorted sorbet flavors, and poached pears in white wine, is enough to make you gain 10 pounds just from reading it, not to mention a little crazy while trying to decide what to order. Our advice – get everyone in your party to order something different and then pass the dishes around in order to try them all. You won’t be sorry.
Be it known that this is not a place you should go if you’re only partially hungry or have something to do directly afterward that requires physical energy because the meals are indeed heavy. Luckily, you’ll be able to walk off a few calories in order to exit The Forum and make your way back into Caesar’s Palace, outside to The Strip, or perhaps back to your car. Valet service is available, but if you choose to forego it, the parking complex is massive… so be prepared.
Il Mulino is open for Lunch from Monday to Saturday 12:00PM – 2:00PM and for Dinner from Monday to Sunday 5:00PM – 10:00PM. Don’t show up in shorts or athletic wear as there is a Dress Code in effect – the restaurant accepts smart casual to dressy.