A favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant has been a major part of Green Valley Ranch Resort since the tony Henderson casino-hotel opened 15 years ago. First, it was Il Fornaio, destination dining for the southeast suburbs. It evolved into the equally pleasing Terra Verde in 2007, which closed in 2014 to make way for Mexican restaurant Mercadito. But that plan didn’t work out; Mercadito fizzled at Red Rock Resort before it made it to Green Valley.
In retrospect, it almost feels like the neighborhood refused to give up its GVR Italian spot. Now it’s Bottiglia—like Red Rock’s Salute trattoria, a partnership between Station Casinos and Clique Hospitality—and like the preceding restaurants in this space, it hits all the right spots.
It’s a bright, pleasant place, full of tile and white, weathered wood, and even tile that looks like white, weathered wood. It’s big but doesn’t feel too big, with a lounge wrapping around the bar and kitchen into a well-appointed main dining room with patio space to spare. The menu is very similar to Salute’s, with an emphasis on seafood and pasta, although subtle, refined details in each dish (and the sparkle of the space) probably make Bottiglia the pick of the two sister restaurants.
It’s hot out, so let’s eat light. Creamy clouds of burrata team with lightly marinated tomatoes, pistachios and balsamic in Bottiglia’s rendition of caprese ($14). You might be tempted to indulge in hearty, fontina cheese-filled arancini ($13) for your appetizer, but opt instead for the nightly crudo selection ($12) or the char-grilled octopus ($11) with blood-orange vinaigrette and black garlic yogurt. These are well-thought-out dishes.
For pasta, keep it simple with baked gnocchi ($20) in a smooth, spicy San Marzano tomato sauce or rigatoni laced with sausage, bitter rapini and fresh ricotta ($21). There are more pastas to play with, like shrimp puttanesca ($24) and short rib cavatelli ($23), and entrées including classic chicken picatta ($22), lobster fra diavolo ($39) or a wood-roasted pork chop with sausage and apples ($28). This restaurant is clearly in it for the long haul, so you’ll have plenty of time to move around the menu.
Bottiglia Green Valley Ranch Resort, 702-617-7075. Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5-11 p.m.