11-Year-Old Nico Ferraro Cooks For Guests At Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Pictured L to R: Executive Chef Mimmo Ferraro, Owner Gino Ferraro and Nico Ferraro.
(Photos Courtesy Ferraro’s) 


Grandson of Owner Becomes Third Generation to Work in Award-winning Kitchen

Family-run, fine-dining Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar has welcomed its third generation of chefs to the kitchen. Nico Ferraro, 11-year-old grandson of Owner Gino Ferraro and son of Executive Chef Mimmo Ferraro, has signaled his interest in carrying on the family’s culinary tradition by learning to prepare the family’s authentic, signature recipes.

Nico first learned to cook at home, then began shadowing Mimmo at Ferraro’s since late 2020. Today, he can be spotted in the kitchen or strolling through the restaurant and graciously greeting guests. Nico has not only been learning the family’s treasured recipes from his father and grandfather, such as Pappardelle Mimmo, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, Lasagna alla Gino and Osso Buco, but also seeing firsthand how demanding the restaurant business can be.

“Having a work-life balance in the restaurant industry is notoriously difficult,” says Mimmo. “Being able to work surrounded by your family is a tremendous gift. Family means everything to us.”

Other Ferraro’s family members continue to frequent the restaurant most nights of the week. Gino’s wife of 47 years, Rosalba, can be seen socializing with guests almost nightly, and their other children, children’s spouses, grandchildren and extended family also stop by regularly. 

“Nothing brings me greater joy than to have my family an ongoing part of the Ferraro’s experience,” said Gino Ferraro, owner, Ferraro’s. “It’s beyond incredible to see Nico developing a passion for Italian cooking, just like his father and grandfather!”

For more information about Ferraro’s or to make reservations, call (702) 364-5300.

In accordance with the recent mandate from the State of Nevada, all guests visiting Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar are required to wear masks or facial coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Founded in 1985, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is Las Vegas’ longest running, family-owned and operated restaurant offering authentic, five-star Italian cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere. Specializing in freshly made pastas and sauces, legendary osso buco, savory risottos, expertly prepared all-natural meats, Safe Harbor® seafood, as well as an extensive award-winning wine list, Ferraro’s is famous for its attention to detail, welcoming environment and passion for food that runs in the family. The Ferraro family members devote themselves to ensuring each guest has a memorable experience, whether for lunch, dinner, late-night or private parties and events. Ferraro’s is open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Ferraro’s is located at 4480 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 (across the street from Virgin Hotels Las Vegas). For reservations, call (702) 364-5300. For more information, find on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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11-Year-Old Nico Ferraro Cooks For Guests At Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
11-Year-Old Nico Ferraro Cooks For Guests At Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar