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North Italia at Rampart Commons

With summer arriving in Las Vegas, North Italia at Rampart Commons has bright flavors and seasonal items for every palate. 

Since opening in 2019, North Italia has quickly become a Las Vegas Valley favorite for its modern Italian cuisine, excellent happy hour and inviting open-air patio. One of the things that keep guests coming back is a menu that changes with the seasons. Sometimes it is a small tweak to lighten up a hearty dish, other times it is a whole new menu item filled with fresh seasonal ingredients.

The cocktail list at North Italia has nods toward Italy throughout and the two new items for summer are no exception. (M-m-m-m) My Verona features Hendrick’s limited-edition Grand Cabaret gin, Sicilian vodka, framboise and Aperitivo Rosato. The wildly different ingredients combine wonderfully, creating a bright drink with plenty of fruit flavor and a hint of floral notes from the aperitivo. The Ristretto cocktail is another summer cocktail with gin as a base but a very different flavor profile. It features Bottega Bacûr Gin, which has more herbal notes than the fruity Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret, Caffè Borghetti (an espresso-based liqueur), Campari, Carpano Antica and black walnut. Other cocktails on the menu that aren’t new, but ideal for the season are the New Italian Spritz and the White Lotus. Sometimes, cocktails start as a seasonal item but are so popular, they become mainstays.

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Heirloom Tomato & Burrata

The small plates features changes to a guest favorite – the heirloom tomato and burrata. A generous portion of creamy Stracciatella burrata is surrounded by juicy heirloom tomatoes and crispy ciabatta that gives a wonderful crunchy addition to the texture. There’s also shaved red onion and a drizzle of Calabrian vinaigrette. It is a wonderful item for sharing or would be a nice small lunch for one. The Farmers Market Chef’s Board has also been updated for the summer. Grilled asparagus, broccolini and a full complement of veggies, fruit and hearth bread make for a healthy board that can please multiple diners. The guests dining next to the Fabulous Nevada crew specifically pointed out this dish as their favorite and a reason they were coming back soon. You know, in case you don’t believe us.

In the salads, the seasonal vegetable salad is a light and refreshing summer option featuring grilled asparagus, avocado, broccolini, sweet corn, other vegetables, goat cheese, pistachio and an Italian herb vinaigrette. This salad has a lot of flavor in a small package.

Pizza is pizza, right? Not so fast, my friend. Summer brings the Hot Honey & Smoked Prosciutto pizza to North Italia. Just enough spice to keep you thirsty, not so much to leave you sweating. It’s a delicious mix of flavors and makes for a wonderful appetizer for the table to share. (Yes, we frequently recommend getting pizza as an appetizer because why not? It’s a great idea!)

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Grilled Branzino

One pasta dish that has been updated for summer is the tortelloni al pomodoro. Basil is added into the pasta dough, which sits in a light pomodoro with cherry tomatoes. The tortelloni is filled with a ricotta-herb filling that steals the show. 

Multiple new entrees have been added to the menu for the summer. The pork Milanese is an outstanding dish that lets the chef show off. A breaded pork loin with the perfect amount of crunch is topped with smoked prosciutto, pepperoncini, red onion and arugula. It is served with a bagna cauda aioli and fresh lemon. It is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious. This may be an item that forces its way onto the permanent menu. Also introduced to the menu are seared sea scallops with a sweet corn risotto. The grilled branzino has been updated with roasted fennel, broccolini, fingerling potatoes and more in lemon-caper butter. The Tuscan half-chicken has also been made more summer-friendly.

Dessert is always given special love at North Italia, and the summer months offers no exception. The seasonal butter cake is currently carrot with a walnut glaze sauce and cream cheese frosting. It has a nice density and is quite moist. Added to the dessert menu for the summer are a dark chocolate budino, a lemon-olive oil cake and the decadent Brookie sundae. 

North Italia is open for lunch from Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and for dinner nightly, 4 to 10 p.m. Happy hour is offered Monday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.northitalia.com.

1069 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

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