Settebello, you let me down! There was one item that I had every intention of ordering and it wasn’t there. That item was a budino, an Italian pudding-like dessert. It’s simple, but when done right it’ll make you wonder why you haven’t had it sooner.

Of course, Settebello is known for their pizza rather than desserts so I had to try one. With locations in Nevada, Utah, and California, they’ve rapidly expanded their brand of wood-fired pizzas which use mostly imported ingredients from Italy to create VPN certified pies. That certification ensures their standards adhere to the pizza making guidelines established by the Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) in Italy for the most authentic product possible.

I opted for the self-titled pie the Settebello ($13.50) with crushed tomatoes, pancetta, wood oven sausage, roasted mushrooms, pine nuts, mozzarella, basil, and evoo. The interplay of savoriness and saltiness made for excellent flavors and the pine nuts added a crunchy texture that elevated the rest of the dish. My biggest complaint was the paper thin crust under the pie. I understand the Napoli-style makes for a wet pizza with a soft, pliable crust, but the lack of density beneath all the ingredients made it appear soupy. A good pizza for sure, but my personal preference is for a firmer crust.

Without the budino, I decided to try two desserts. First up was the Dream Bomba ($5), a dense ball of caramel surrounded by a creamy and smooth peanut butter gelato and coated in chocolate. It was cut into four wedges. A solid dessert for sure, and one that you’ll want to share.

The second almost made me forget why I came here in the first place. The zeppole ($5.50) were soft, warm pillowy mini doughnuts of deliciousness filled with plenty of nutella. Coated with plenty of sugar, it’s a sure-fire cure for any sweet tooth. If you’re sharing with a kid, like I was, make sure you get extra napkins because most of the sugar and nutella ended up all over his face.

While not quite living up to the lofty expectations I had, Settebello is a great family-friendly dining option, especially if you’re craving pizza Napoletana.

4 Stars

9350 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 901-4877

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