Sirio at Aria

I love Italian food. I know a lot of vegetarians may get sick of pasta, but as long as you jazz mine up a little, I’d eat pasta every night. (Just kidding. That’s a lot of carbs. But sooooo yummy.) Sirio, an Italian restaurant at Aria, had been on my list to try for awhile. And after eating there once, I’m kicking myself for not visiting sooner.

Sirio is tucked away on the second floor of Aria, near the buffet and theater. Their menu is helpfully labeled with a vegetarian (v) next to every menu item that’s already vegetarian, which is a huge help for vegans and basically a giant neon “welcome” sign for vegetarians in Vegas. They invite you to build your own antipasto platter of vegetarian bites, which sounds like an awesome idea for groups. I went with a salad instead, and it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had. Trust me, as a vegetarian, that’s saying something, especially with an average name like Mixed Garden Salad. I want a garden like that! There was enough “stuff” to keep it interesting, but not too much that I felt stuffed.

Not feeling stuffed was key here, as I next had a small side dish of asparagus and the Capellaci, a spinach and ricotta pasta pocket. Again, I was blown away by something that sounded simple and was full of flavor, texture and interesting presentation.

Not to be outdone, the dessert was an art piece that tasted almost as good as it looked. The sommelier was exceedingly helpful, guiding us to the perfect wine at a reasonable price. All around the food and service was exceptional. I can’t wait to try Sirio again for another amazing vegetarian dinner in Vegas.

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