Taking its name from the Italian word for “flame,” FiAMMA Trattoria and Bar brings a romantic warmth to the Las Vegas dining scene. The evocative, modern decor, dominated by wood and leather accents, provides a luxurious setting for Executive Chef Carlos Buscaglia’s satisfying Italian cuisine. House made pastas like the Raviolini stuffed with beef shortrib and Gnocchi with lobster and truffle sauce elevate rustic Italian comfort food to newly decadent heights, while seasonal dishes like the Salmone with roasted corn ragu and wild arugula showcase Chef Buscaglia’s fondness for fresh ingredients. The cozy lounge offers guests the unique option of enjoying a cocktail fireside.Read More ...
FiAMMA Trattoria and Bar blends the contemporary chic of its New York origin with the elegant simplicity of Chef Carlos Buscaglia’s Italian menu to create an experience that is both sophisticated and approachable. The restaurant’s sleek décor and rustic Italian cuisine work together to impart the warmth and comfort of its fiery namesake. Diners are encouraged to settle in to this contemporary Italian trattoria, one that promises to spark the imagination as well as the appetite.
Acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Hanson enlisted noted architect, Yabu Pushelberg, to translate the New York flavor of the original FiAMMA to its Las Vegas locale within the MGM Grand. The result is a setting as appealing to the eye as Executive Chef Buscaglia’s dishes are to the taste buds. Rich woods and brushed leathers in deep coppers and chocolate browns suggest the smoldering glow of the restaurant’s inspiration. The illuminated granite table tops, deep chairs, and flickering fireplace in the distinctive bar and lounge create an ambience of luxury for sampling from the Wine Spectator award-winning collection. The fiery theme continues in FiAMMA's split-level dining room, where amber lighting, sumptuous leather banquettes, and wood accents convey an atmosphere ripe for lingering.
Upon seating, we are treated to a flute of Prosecco, its crisp, dry fizz preparing our palates with a delightful sense of celebration. The arrival of the Arancine creates a similar stir. Four golden risotto balls line up in single file along the dish, resting in a bright red pomodoro sauce. Biting into the crunchy, fluffy cake reveals a hidden surprise: a Kobe beef stuffing that elevates this rustic Italian staple to sophisticated heights. Made from braised San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy, the fruity pomodoro sauce adds freshness to the Arancine. Splashes of parmesan crema offer delicious dipping.
The Raviolini appear soon after: plump, flavorful nuggets of pasta and short rib stuffing bathed in a creamy, truffle-flecked sauce, zigzagged by a Barbera wine reduction. The short rib’s meatiness, the subtle sweetness of the red wine, the salty sharpness of the Pecorino cheese, and the truffle’s pungency build on one another to create a bold and pleasing dish. It is rich, hearty, and impossible to resist.
The Branzino departs from the heavier Raviolini with light, bright flavors. Grilled Mediterranean sea bass rests on a colorful panzanella, a traditional Italian bread salad, given a seasonal twist with the introduction of blood orange segments. Crunchy, herb bread croutons accentuate the crispness of the fish skin and contrast well with the buttery texture of the fillet. Although more subdued in richness than the Raviolini, the flavors of the Branzino are no less powerful. A traditional Salmoriglio sauce of garlic, lemon, and olive oil works with the tartness of the blood oranges for a zesty punch.
The Brasato returns the feast to the wintry coziness of the Raviolini, presenting a massive beef short rib braised in Sangiovese, according to Piemontese tradition. The meat is as tender as butter, flaking away to reveal a succulent pinkish center. A pool of creamy potato puree soaks up the short rib juices, while the accompanying roasted root vegetables add sweetness to deepen the flavors. The Brasato showcases Chef Buscaglia’s skill in introducing less familiar Italian culinary traditions with a unique flair that is simple, unpretentious, and deeply enjoyable.
For a sweet conclusion, we are treated to a selection from the dessert menu: the Espresso Chip Gelato and the valrhona chocolate mousse with amarena cherry reduction from the Duo platter. The molded, trapezoidal mousse is accompanied by a generous scoop of chocolate chip-flecked ice cream, enticing us to further indulgence. The deep decadence of the mousse is given a surprising twist by the tartness of the cherry reduction, while the gelato contributes a pleasant coffee-like bitterness for balance.
Whether relaxing fireside with a cocktail in the lounge, feasting with friends at casual round tables, or snuggling up with a loved one and dessert in an intimate booth, diners will have their hearts warmed and their appetites fueled by the memorable FiAMMA Trattoria and Bar.
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An all around great experience....everything was top notch.
The dark and romantic ambiance of the restaurant was very welcoming and the service was outstanding! An empty dish was never left on the table and our wine glasses were never left dry (we ordered a bottle). The food was absolutely phenomenal! My husband had the lobster and pasta entree that was to die for and I had the Raviolino which was like heaven in my mouth. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone!
Food was good, server was awesome, and atmosphere was soothing:)
Excellent dinner and wonderful place to go for a date.
Had the gnocchi w/lobster and truffles Great wine selections. Excellent experience -- our whole group loved it. Thanks for a great evening!
I went to Fiamma on new years eve with my family to enjoy a great dinner and a great ambiance, and qe didn´t get disapointed. They gave us a great table for 7. The waiter was excelent, very kind and guided us on the wine cart, so we enjoyed a great one. The food was outstanding. all of us ordeder a diferent plate, and all of them were great.
My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Fiamma. Our waiter, George, was so helpful and reoommended great dishes. The antipasto to share was perfect with our drinks and the gnocchi with lobster was just wonderful. The atmosphere was very upbeat and also elegant. I felt the food was good value for the money, especially given Vegas prices.
wow. the place was amazing. from start to finish, the service to the food to the waiter. was a romantic and classy restaurant. dinner was priced fair in my opinion.
We originally had dinner plans for another restaurant, but after reading over the menu we thought a nice pasta meal would better suit us. What we experienced was not your typical pasta dinner. The salads were sophisticated, the entrees were memorable (I am still reliving and tasting the meal a week later) and the desserts were incredible. I would recommend the braised short rib ravioli for anyone who wants the big flavor of meat, but not the heaviness of a steak meal. Our meal at FiAMMA was the best meal of our Las Vegas vacation.
Was recommended by the friend of a family member. Very nice place, great food, ambianece, and service.
My husband and I were celebrating our 1 year anniversary and choose Fiamma from some online information. It was wonderful!! The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable, the sommelier was very creative and the food was superb. Can't say much more other then be sure to go there and try it out!!
We recently ate at FiAMMA for a birthday celebration and the food was fantastic. Two of us had lobster gnocci and wanted to lick the plate afterward. We sampled the two other diners food and all were delicious. The restaurant is a bit 'spendy' but since the food was so good, it still seemed like a good deal. I also liked that even though it was an upscale restaurant, the staff was really young and fun and friendly, not stuffy at all. Some of us were dressed up, others in more casual clothes and no one felt under or over dressed. I would definatly recommend this restaurant to friends.
Will definitely have dinner there again.
FiAMMA is a MUST for anyone looking for a wonderful dinning experience. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for the service (Adam), delicious food and ambiance. I can't wait to go back!
Environment was perfect for a romantic dinner. The food and portions were perfect. Could not of asked for better meal to enjoy with my wife in Las Vegas.
What an amazing evening. Coming from the RDU area of NC, we are quite fortunate to enjoy some of, if not the best, food on the east coast. We discovered FIAMMA in Vegas & had one of the best meals of our lives. The service was impeccable. The food came out seamlessly on time. I would suggest the tasting menu paired w/ the wine suggestions. Everything ROCKED & we cannot wait to return on our next trip to vegas. Do yourself & favor & check this place out PRONTO!
Fabulous food at reasonable prices - one of the best restaurant meals ever!!
This is a great business or personal dining location. The food value is great but the wine list pricing is exceptionally high, though they do offer some hard to find vintages. Service was wonderful and they respond quickly to special occasion requests.
Eaten many times at la Fiamma and always been satisfied with their food. I do understand that MGM wants good looking hostess to lure in the customers but at least get, I don't know, girls that look more like women than children trying to look like adults... this is annoying. As I said, food good, overall experience.... leaving something to be desired.... stop putting us next to the walk to show the restaurant is busy.
This was my second visit to Fiamma and frankly, I have had two of my favorite meals in the city there-and I have eaten out quite a bit in Vegas. The food is really outstanding here, and for the money, better than several other restaurants that seem to be more highly rated-and certainly more expensive. Our only complaint this time around was that we had a large party and the table at the front we got had an overhead light that shined directly into the eyes of one of the diners. They couldn't dim it and so we asked to be moved. That took a while and the hostess seemed annoyed that we had asked. I loved my short ribs and the folks that got the short rib ravioli were raving about it.
The food,service and ambiance was great. I gave it 4 since we had a mix up with our reservation and we were celebrating a special occasion :(
FiAMMA offers a great dining experiences at a reasonable price. We found the food to be very good to excellent. Service was very good, not outstanding but, very good. We are looking to come back next time we are in town. Tip: ask for grated Parmesan cheese with the olive oil and Focaccia, it's outstanding!
Food was great, the decor is top notch. I would ask for a seat away from the main entrance however which is too close to the general traffic of the MGM. I would most certainly go back.
Service, food, wine, entire experience was great. Went for my husband's 30th birthday and they provided us a champagne toast on the house. Would certainly return...food is outstanding!
the ambiance is excellent, the food is amazing!! the portions are generous without compromising quality. However our only complaint was the waitress who sat us down and didnt reappear for 25 minutes to get our drinks!!! we had to finally flag down another waiter who served us. When our waitress came back she didnt even apologize she just said she got busy - in my mind that's not very good customer service. The other waiter we had was awesome, wish we had him from the very beginning
The food was very good and all seven of us were happy. The service was very good. The price was $55/pp including drinks, so very reasonable for the Las Vegas Strip. Nothing about the restaurant wowed us in order to give it a 5.
I liked my experience at FiAmma, but I agree that it is priced too high. I was intrigued by the Spaghetti and Meatballs because of the Kobe beef meatballs, and I was also a little reckless for ordering spaghetti that cost $28. I guess I wanted to see what was so great about it! I enjoyed the spaghetti, and I have to say the meatballs were the best I have had. Was it worth $28? Maybe $22... anyways, I liked the decor, the ambience, and we had a very good waiter. My mother-in-law thought her fish was too oily, but then again she is incredibly picky, and DOESN'T LIKE OLIVE OIL so why she ordered it without asking if it has oil is beyond me... My husband liked his scallops pasta a lot, and while the portions were not large, they were filling. We didn't order wine, and we still evened out to $50 per person. Hey, it was Valentine's Day, so why not throw down? We could have had a cheaper meal elsewhere, but would it have been as nice a place? Probably not. Would I go back? Even though I liked it, I think there are too many restaurants in Vegas to choose from, so I will probably venture elsewhere, but it was a nice experience on a special evening. =-)
Our meals were delicious and the service was excellent as well. If it were up to my husband, we would have eaten here every night. Go and see for yourself...its a fabulous experience!
Buried deep in the MGM FiAMMA offers reasonably priced entree's (for a 3 star Vegas restaurant) and an extensive wine list. The food, service and ambiance are very good. If you love wine and plan on drinking more than one bottle with dinner, I would suggest you do not go to FiAMMA's. Although there are great wines on the wine list, they are all way over priced. Wine that I have paid $20 for in other restaurants were listed between $55 and $70 in FiAMMA's!