The Noodles of Pasta Cucina Italian Restaurant Find Their Way Into Every Nook of the Valley
Inspired by its Il Vino restaurant at Aliante Station, the food and wine minds at Station Casinos decided to go global and open five of the casual Italian restaurant concepts throughout the Las Vegas Valley, but with a name change. Re-envisioned as Pasta Cucina, the new Italian restaurant concept recently debuted at Sunset Station, Palace Station, and Aliante Station, and two more Pasta Cucina restaurants are expected to open in Texas Station and Boulder Station this fall.
Truly and company made a trip to the eatery at the Boulder Station location. Let us start by saying the portions at the le tres chic restaurant of ever-so-hip Hollywood Regency style are VERY generous. Yours Truly had an entrée of Seafood Linguini that was awash in clams, salmon, shrimp, mussels, and calamari and we are pretty sure an entire box of linguini went into the dish. It was the same story for the Tuscan Angelhair with Shrimp entrée we ordered. Not only are the portions served in bowls the size of a small sink, but Pasta Cuchina gets a checkmark for its Italian cred on both entrees.
Cleverly served spilling out of a paper bag, the Calamari Fritti at Pasta Cucina is the best we have had in a long time. Served with marinara sauce and hot vinegar peppers, it was quick fried and crisp with a light breading and no rubbery calamari.
And although we didn’t have room for dessert, the restaurant serves Carnegie Deli’s famous cheesecake or Italian favorites like tiramisu, gelato or cannolis. And if the desserts don’t offer you the sweet satiation you desire, request that the restaurant’s general manager sing you a tune. He did some opera during our visit that was so authentic we thought it was coming from the speaker system.
In addition to a menu full of traditional Italian dishes, pastas, and stone oven pizzas, priced from $10 to $20, the Boulder Station Pasta Cucina has a generously sized wine cellar with bottles ranging from $20 to $500. Sunset Station and Aliante Station locations, which have a separate bar area, will also feature several “small bites” appetizers in the bar such as meatball sliders, macaroni and cheese and fried artichokes, each $4.