Located inside the Caesar's Palace Forum Shops, Il Mulino offers excellent northern Italian dishes paired with exquisite wines and exceptional service. This outpost of the ever-popular New York-based ristorante is favored by both visitors and locals alike. Their petite selection of hors d'oeuvres is rightfully famous as are their daily specials and aromatic menu options. Similarly, the level of service is unmatched as the waiters gracefully attend to their diners after the completion of each savored course. Il Mulino also serves traditional Italian desserts that are among the very best in Las Vegas, so get your taste of Italy today.Read More ...
Il Mulino, located at the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, is a rare treat in a city full of excellent restaurants. The Las Vegas branch of this popular New York-based restaurant group specializes in three things: 1) the best available ingredients; 2) service; and 3) the cuisine of Northern Italy.
While Campania is Italian cuisine for many Americans, the region of Northern Italy—particularly Piedmont—is for me the most interesting. Rich white sauces, truffles and wild game highlight Piedmont's cuisine. Best of all, they're crazy about hors d'oeuvres in Piedmont and so are the chefs at Il Mulino.
I enjoy the fact that all I do is describe restaurants. I do not have to rate them by handing out five stars, three diamonds, two forks, or twenty titanium truffles. But if I did, I would hand Il Mulino the whole Lucky Charms assortment including "two thumbs up."
Walking into Il Mulino, you'd think you were entering a Milan ristorante. A window full of wine, cheese, and delicacies hints at the glories within. A menu on a stand beckons.
Once inside, prepare to eat—immediately.
Before your waiter even introduces himself, a cheese steward will deposit a generous helping of Grana Padano on your plate. This grainy, parmesan-like cheese is used heavily in the menu and the specials. Good.
Before you can say, "thanks for the cheese," bruschetta with tomato and basil and a large appetizer will be brought to the table to share. Then, different Italian breads will arrive—garlic bread, country bread, and focaccia. All of this happens within 30 seconds of being seated. You walk into the restaurant (minding your own business) and whammo—you're sitting with multiple dishes of excellent food in front of you, wondering how it happened.
The day we ate at Il Mulino, the "menu nosh" was lightly-fried zucchini marinated in extra virgin olive oil and peppers. The zucchini was dusted in flour, fried in extra virgin olive oil, then drained, seasoned and marinated with more oil. The generous portion foreshadowed things to come. This may be "cucina raffinata" but the portions are more like "Nonna Pomposelli's." (If you didn't have a Grandma Pomposelli growing up, you'll have to use your imagination.)
The fried zucchini, incidentally, was delightful, with a peppery finish. I had mine over the medley of breads. The olive oil used here is excellent.
While Nina and I snacked on zucchini, our waiter read off the specials of the day. Il Mulino offers more specials than most restaurants, because the dishes are prepared based on what's freshest.
The menu at Il Mulino contains dozens of tempting dishes. The daily specials are equally impressive. Guests will need a prodigious memory to recall all the options. I had trouble, even taking notes.
The specials that day included Buffalo mozzarella Caprese salad; Eggplant Rollatini with a Vodka Sauce and Fontina; Blue Point Oysters on the Half Shell; Tuna Carpaccio; Ravioli with Porcini Mushrooms in a white champagne sauce with truffles (also part of a Pasta Trio); Orichetti and Broccoli Rabe; Veal Milanese topped with a sauté of arugula with extra virgin olive oil and butter; Paranzino Stuffed with Garlic; and Lobster Out of the Shell over angel hair pasta.
There was more, but I developed writer’s cramp. Besides, they had me at “champagne sauce with truffles.” Nina and I selected an assortment of dishes and ordered a Dolcetto D’alba from Il Mulino’s impressive wine list. And only then did we find time to take in the restaurant.
Il Mulino sports dark wood tones and wrought iron. An impressive side board allows the waiter to finish several dishes in the main dining room before presentation. The waiters themselves are smartly dressed in tuxedos, and work the tables two and three at a time.
The weather was still a bit chilly when we dined at Il Mulino, but if it had been ten degrees warmer, we would have opted for the beautiful patio. Even inside, Il Mulino's top-floor location offers a nice view northward up the Strip, with views of the Venetian all the way up to the Stratosphere.
We started with the Caprese Salad, which was finished with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The buffalo mozzarella was silky smooth and topped with sun dried tomatoes—a perfect spring dish. A fire-roasted red pepper topped with Sicilian capers tied the dish together.
Nina’s Seafood Risotto with porcini mushrooms was excellent. I would have tried more of it, but she shot me a look of “make another move toward my risotto, and I’ll stab you with this fork.” OK, I exaggerate, but this risotto satisfied. Porcini mushrooms dominated the flavor. A subtle garlic finish tied the rice and langoustine together. The seafood/mushroom stock was augmented with white wine, and tender peas balanced the color of the dish.
Next came the pasta. We both ordered the Pasta Trio special. Green, red, and white sauces accompanied three of our favorite pastas: gnocchi, pappardelli, and ravioli. The ravioli instantly became one of my top-ten meals. The powerful aroma of truffles smacked the olfactory senses from across the room (several other guests had the ravioli special that night; the whole restaurant was bathed in a truffle aroma).
We both saved the ravioli for last. I started with the Pappardelli with Sausage Ragu. All pasta at Il Mulino is handmade. The pappardelli were perfectly al dente, with just enough sauce to coat the pasta.
The Gnocchi with Pesto made me thankful that basil is once again in season. The basil was nearly as aromatic as the truffles. This was a classic dish with heaps of toasted pine nuts and garlic. After being tossed with the pesto, the pillowy gnocchi was topped with a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
The Ravioli with Porcini Mushrooms in a white champagne sauce with truffles was the best dish of the night. Next time someone asks me why I spend so much money on truffles every winter, I’ll simply point them in the direction of Il Mulino and hope this dish is one of the specials.
This is what truffles are all about. The porcini-stuffed ravioli were the foundation for the creamy champagne-truffle sauce. The porcini gave the dish that extra mushroom kick, and the sauce was so good we asked for more bread to sop up every last bit. The truffle aroma hung in the air and clung to the palate. This is a dish I’ll be returning for again and again.
In retrospect, I would have eschewed the other two pastas and stuck with the truffle ravioli—not because there was anything at all wrong with the other pastas, but because the ravioli was simply that good.
Next came the primi course. We were both fairly stuffed after all that pasta, but we kept on, knowing that there was more to come. We both picked selections made famous in Milan. Nina ordered the Osso Buco and I went for the Veal Milanese.
A woman after my own heart, Nina started by scooping the marrow out of the veal shanks. Bone marrow on toast is part of my “death row meal.” Nina shared, which was even nicer. The veal shanks were braised low and slow. The resulting brown sauce was rich and tender, and the meat was so tender it yielded to a spoon. The dish was served with aromatic spinach. After the rich pasta dishes, a little bit of very flavorful meat was an excellent choice to round out the meal.
My veal, however, was as big as the plate it was served on. A full pound of veal cutlet, pounded to about a quarter-inch thick, breaded and fried in (what else?) extra virgin olive oil. The cutlet hung off the plate and was topped with lightly sautéed arugula, tomato, and onion. The veal was tender and flavorful.
At this point I wanted to cop out (as I usually do) and not have any dessert. My friends warned me this would be a grave mistake, because some of Il Mulino’s best dishes are on the dessert menu.
Soldiering on, Nina and I were very thankful Il Mulino offers a tasting platter of dolci (sweets). They also do a wonderful fruit dish topped with Grand Marnier. We tried both. We also sampled their homemade limoncello and their flavored grappa.
Let’s start with the dolci. Their Tiramisu was light as a feather, and bursting with coffee flavor. Their Flourless Chocolate Cake was as dense as the tiramisu is light. The cake packed an intense chocolate flavor and aroma. I wouldn’t mind a gluten-free diet if this was on the menu regularly. Finally the Zabaglione was warm and smelling of marsala. This custard was topped with fresh berries. The sweets of Italy are second to none, as this trio exemplified.
Il Mulino’s homemade limoncello was an excellent digestif after a very large meal. The lemony liqueur was smooth and fresh tasting.
Nina had the fruit. Our water prepared the dish tableside, skillfully slicing orange, berries, and kiwis. He placed them artfully on a platter and doused the mixture with a generous pour of Grand Marnier. We enjoyed the fruit with some of Il Mulino’s signature grappa. Il Mulino imports their grappa then flavors it in house. The pear grappa was smooth to the point of being velvety. Small-batch grappa is enjoying a renaissance and this will give guests an idea about what all the fuss is about.
Gino and Fernando Masci started the first Il Mulino in Greenwich Village in New York City because the neighborhood reminded them of their native Abruzzi. The restaurant became an instant classic and is now considered a required stop for any devotee of Italian cuisine. The Mascis have opened nine more branches including this one at the Forum Shops. Il Mulino is simply a must-visit for anyone who loves fine dining. This is the place for that special night out.
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The staff and especially the food exceeded our expectations. It is a beautiful restaurant that provides a beautiful experience. I wish I had eaten there before because eating here is now on my to do list when I visit Vegas.
We were very impressed with the atmosphere of the restaurant and the presentation of the food. Many excellent specials and great menu. Must come and just enjoy......
From the drink at the bar right through to dessert it is a great experience. Fine wines and great food combined with excellent service makes for a memorable meal. Comes at a cost but worth it.
Service was fast and clear. Always on the ball with refills. Even a little treat at the end! - free dessert.
It's nice to go to a Restaurant and be waited on by pleasant waiters who are attentive and well informed on what is on the menu. A must try when you are in Vegas at Caesars Palace.
The staff made our evening so enjoyable! It is nice to be able to have a nice meal and actually hear the person next to you! Easy reservation process compared to most Vegas restaurants. Would definitely recommend!
Amazing food and the service was perfect! The specials of the day were almost as long as the menu. Service was SUPERIOR !
Always A- one service and food is outstanding. A awesome food experience not to be missed.
Excellent food. Best italian restaurant in Las Vegas
Worth every penny. Highly recommend.
We got married the day we went to Il Mulino New York in Vegas so it was very special to us. The service was the best we've ever experienced. The food was outstanding - every bite was better than the last. We would recommend Il Mulino to everyone. Thanks for making our special day even more special.
I read many reviews & some concerned me. However, the evening was great! The food & service was wonderful. The melon & Prosciutto is heavenly.
If you are looking for a way to find the perfect place to take your loved one for romance, you should start here. The ambiance is terrific, it is a great escape from the Strip and the service is exceptional.
My husband and I agree that great food is much easier to find than great service. Overall, the food at Il Mulino is great. One entree was not quite as expected, but the outstanding service made up for it. Everything arrived in a timely fashion, yet we were allowed ample time to fully appreciate each course before the next arrived. We were thrilled to be served a sizeable chunk of parmigiana reggiano immediately, which we ate slowly while sipping our cocktails. Very quickly a basket of breads arrived, followed by sauteed zucchini in a spicy olive oil: delicious! Freshly sliced salami was also served, and all of this was complimentary. We asked the Sommelier to recommend a bottle of wine to go with our entrees, and he didn't blink when we requested a bottle under $100. I only wish we'd had enough room for dessert!
Excellent service and food and overall wonderful experience.
Good food and nice ambiance. There were barely any people in the restaurant on a weekday lunch. Service was attentive and fairly quick. Food was good quality and flavors with good portions despite the high price, but it's fine dining, so of course the price is expected.
Amazing service with a very friendly staff. Great location in the Caeser Palace Forumns. INCREDIBLE FOOD Very highly recommended. The venison, langoustines, the veal, and the parmesan are too die for! 5 stars across the board
This was the best dining expericience we ever had. Food was so good and I booked this for my husband's 50th and had to change date due to a hurricane cancelling our trip. When we got to Vegas 2 weeks later I forgot that I told them it was my husband's birthday and they remembered and brought him out a cake with candle. They were so nice to us and again the food was the best from the begginning to the end
It was fantastic ... I was so glad we went
Best meal and dinning experience I have ever had!! The other three in my group said the same thing. Wow!!
Been to il mulino restaurant in nyc and in white plains ny and they are my favorite restaurants, now we can add il mulino in las vegas as our favorite
Great food with a beautiful view of the strip. You wont be diappointed and you wont leave hungry.
Outstanding Restaurant. Everything was done to perfection.
Everything was perfect.
As soon as we sat down, the restaurant treated us to a memorable dinner! We were served some of the best appetizers I've had in some time. Fresh parmesan, brushetta, grilled zucchini, fresh breads, etc.--all made the start of this great evening so wonderful. From there, we chose a light and well balanced Italian wine with the help of the fine head waiter. There were four entrees we couldn't narrow down, so the waiter offered to do small portions of all 4 so we could try them all. What a nice gesture! Well done!
The title says it all, Great Time at Il Mulino New York
great food and service.
You can look high and low to find a better dining experience and will not find it.
Excellent decor and great service, a bit on the pricey side but not out of line for a top end restaurant in Las Vegas.
The Mulino at Ceasars was out of this world -- simply fabulous. We travel all over the world and II Mulino New York in the Ceasars was by far our number 1 pick in Las Vegas. So do not listen to the food critics, since the Mulino did not and would not bend over to get a rating -- they stand alone at the top. Proof is in the meal and everything that goes with it. They do adhere to their own dress code, so you will not have to dress up to go sit next to someone in flip flops and tee shirt; as you would at the Alize. The Mulino is for the everyone who wants to take their significant other out for a fabulous dinner and not have to take out a second mortagage on their house etc. They will be forever a must dining experience when we are in vegas. I can not wait to take my friends and family out to this magnificent dining experince.
If you are thinking about trying this restaurant do not hesitate another second, it is world class six star! Excellent service, delicious food. i cannot recommend it highly enough. Enjoy, i most certainly did.
Best Italian restataunt outside of Italy!
like stated, very enjoyable food and dining experiences
Had a great dinner at ll Mulino. Dennis and his staff were outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant!
We can't wait to come back to LV again so we can dine at Il Mulino again. It was a very memorable and delicious experience. Loved all of the wonderful appetizers we were presented with as we were seated, and the entire waitstaff was fantastic! Attnetion was paid to every detail. It was truly a phenomenal meal and we have already told several people about it!
The best Italian restaurant that I have ever experienced. The food was unparalleled and the service was impeccable.
Im a local here in Las Vegas, and went to Il Mulino New York restaurant for prom. It was the first time I went there, but I plan on going a lot more. Outstanding food & outstanding experience.
As soon as we arrived at the restaurant, several servers began bringing us food, from a slice of aged parmesan to zucchini to caprese and various breads, everything was surperb. The pasta was some of the best I have ever had. Overall, it was a very memorable experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a special meal at a fair price. I am looking forward to going again...
If you love ambiance - this is the place! The moment we sat down, appetizers began appearing from every corner of the restaurant! It set the tone for a delightful dining experience. The service was impeccable. The only criticism - the mark-up on the wine is high. This is a Las Vegas must for the sophisticated diner.
The most amazing freshest food I've ever had. Impeccable service. Would recommend to anyone. Will be visiting again my next trip to Vegas.
We had the best service and experience of our lives at Il Mulino. All the staff treated us superbly and the meal was to die for. We will definitely go back next time we're in Las Vegas and we'll highly recommend this restaurant to everyone we know. Y&Y from Vancouver, BC
The service was impeccable, also the prices where more reasonable than other online reviews had portrayed.
Wonderful food! The staff was amazing. From beginning to end, a wonderful experience.
Loved the food! The appetizers were wonderful and the duck was perfect!
They took care of us from the moment we walked into the restaurant until we walked out. I have never experienced such attentive and excellent service. The food was also excellent. We will definetly go back every time we are in Las Vegas and recommend it to anyone who is wanting an upscale experience with excellent service and food!
I highly recommend Il Mulino. It was a great experience from start to end. The service was great and the food was amazing. Plus, they start you off with more appetizers than you can imagine. All complimentary. From cheese to bruschetta to muscles. A must to try sometime. Excellent!