TREVI Italian Restaurant
Bread, Herb Olive Oil
Baci di Pancetta con Polo – Bacon-wrapped Chicken and Mozzarella Meatballs, Marinara
Spedini Saltimbocca – Chicken, Prosciutto, Fontina Cheese, Spinach and Avocado Salad
Melanzane Fritte – Thinly Sliced Eggplant Crisps, Marinara
Ravioli alla Vodka – Cheese-filled Pasta, Zesty Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce
Pappardelle Bolognese – Housemade Meat Sauce, Jumbo Meatball, Zesty Marinara
Illy Double Espresso, Ice, Biscotti
Banana Veneziana – Chocolate Gelato, Strawberry Gelato, Pistachio Gelato, Chocolate Sauce, Strawberry Sauce, Caramel, Whipped Cream
Torta di Formaggio – Cheesecake, Caramel Sauce
Last-visited 18-months prior, it was while wandering Caesars’ Forum Shops that two guests sat down at TREVI Italian Restaurant for dinner, The Big Ten Championship playing at the Bar while better-than-average Italian Food and over-the-top Desserts were served by overworked and undertrained staff members.
Owned by the Landry’s (or Morton’s if one trusts Google) Restaurant Group, and indiscreetly targeting tourists with reasonably authentic Italian fare at sensible prices, it was after a confusing exchange at the hostess stand that seating was offered inside or on the “patio,” the latter selected largely due its view of the television but likely a mistake for anyone who doesn’t want to be treated like a visitor from the boonies with little-to-no dining experience.
Managed by John Dakin, and recently switching top toques from Jose Navarro to Tylor Urias, guests visiting TREVI will find the Restaurant situated near a mock-up of the eponymous fountain, Gucci and Armani within eye-shot and the menu covering a wide range of plates both unique and traditional.
Perpetually a high-volume space, both literally and figuratively in terms of noise and covers, it was with two sizable glasses of Prosecco in hand that an order was composed, the sweet sparkler well-priced at $12 a glass while complimentary Bread with seasoned Dip and “Baci di Pancetta con Polo” were each enjoyable right down to wiping up the last bits of Marinara.
Less impressed by “Spedini Saltimbocca,” overcooked White Meat in this case requiring excessive chewing while the warm Salad was fine, those looking for a sharable Appetizer may wish to check out the fried Eggplant, a few bites too crisp but the majority irresistible with or without Tomato Sauce.
Opting for Pastas as entrees, the Ravioli fairly basic though TREVI’s rendition of Vodka Sauce is respectable, those seeking added richness should consider ribbons of Pappardelle topped in housemade Meat Sauce and a Meatball that didn’t necessarily seem “Jumbo,” but rather a bit dense as though it had been worked too long.
Requesting Coffee before Dessert, while the lady preferred a second glass of Wine, it was long after the double Espresso was gone that two substantial portions were delivered, the Cheesecake competent but no better than many others while “The Ultimate Sundae” featured lots of Bananas and Whip atop smooth Gelato that is housemade with surprisingly natural flavors.
TWO AND A HALF STARS: Perhaps struggling during prime-time, but more likely the result of a place that is happy to rest on its laurels with guaranteed curb-appeal to tourists, TREVI Italian Restaurant’s Food was its only saving grace on a Saturday night when everything from check-in onward assured guests that they were nothing but a number.
RECOMMENDED: Melanzane Fritte, Baci di Pancetta con Polo, Banana Veneziana.
AVOID: Spedini Saltimbocca
TIP: As of 12/18/19 Google still lists Morton’s as the owner while the website, which still lists Jose Navarro as Chef (despite departing in July,) suggests Landry’s. Attention to detail is clearly a priority.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.