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The new Nora’s expands upon everything that made it great

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Nora’s Marcello Mauro keeps this 25-year-old Las Vegas institution in the family.
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In a spread-out city where every neighborhood has its own homey Italian restaurant, Nora’s Cuisine is nothing short of an institution—it’s so good, you’d abandon your nearby favorite for it every now and then, which explains why the place was always packed. It’s still packed, even though Nora’s moved to a bigger building on West Flamingo in September, just a block away from the original spot opened by Nora and Gino Mauro 25 years ago. Now there are 170 seats instead of 115, which means more families and friends can flock here for classic linguini frutti di mare and that addictive fettucine Crazy Alfredo.

Nora’s remains a family-run restaurant—son Marcello Mauro still serves as general manager—and the restaurant’s warmth has only been amplified with the expansion. The main dining room is done in earth tones and lined with gold and brick accents, and there’s a charming outdoor patio space and a second floor intended for special events and private parties.

Nora’s has also always been a refuge for those looking for a decent cocktail in the neighborhood, and the bar program has also been expanded. But perhaps the most notable change is the new grill menu, currently offering exemplary appetizer options like chicken thighs with blood orange vinaigrette ($14) and octopus with a salad of celery, chickpeas, parsley and lemon oil ($18), along with entrées like a ribeye with truffle fries ($29) and a hefty veal chop with grilled vegetables ($40). These new dishes pair perfectly with pasta or pizza favorites to create a truly family-style feast, and that’s what Nora’s has always been about.

Nora's Cuisine 5780 W. Flamingo Road, 702-873-8990. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

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