Las Vegas Restaurant Review: Anna Marie’s Italian Cuisine (Summerlin)
My review of Anna Marie’s, an Italian restaurant in Summerlin (Las Vegas)
Anna Marie’s is a cozy, family-owned restaurant open for lunch and dinner on the far west side of Las Vegas, in south Summerlin — next to Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream at the corner of Tropicana and Hualapai.
A longtime Las Vegas local, Blair Rodman, introduced me to this place about ten years ago, and I’ve been perhaps a dozen times. Always good. Authentic. Nothing pretentious. Just reliable traditional Italian fare.
However, recently I’ve become an even bigger enthusiast of Anna Marie’s for several reasons: (1) Let’s support small businesses. (2) The size portions and quality are a terrific value. (3) The value, particularly at lunch, is awesome.
It’s been a while since I’d enjoyed good old-fashioned Chicken Parmesean. I’m picky about this dish. It’s one of the few items where I think simplicity works best. The best Chicken Parmesean spots are in Brooklyn, and having tried many of them, I became addicted to a particular taste — tangy sauce, the chicken dipped in bread crumbs/egg and fried/skilleted, then baked in an oven while a luscious and velvety Mazzarella cheese encases the cutlet. With a side of pasta (in today’s fare — Capellini — which means “little hairs”) and tangy (not spicy) red sauce, this item really hits the spot.
Cost: $11 (there are about ten items that are $11 each, a lunch special that runs 11-3 M-F). That’s right, eleven bucks.
I also added a Caesar Salad, which was only $4 extra. The salad was huge for the price, and fresh croutons and tossed-in ingredients were every bit as good as a pricey steakhouse. Incredible add-on bargain.
So, for $15 I ate like a king. Oh, and two baskets of complimentary home-baked rolls, real butter, and no attitude when we asked for a re-fill. Like I said, what a bargain.
Dessert was too tempting to pass up, especially since everything is made in-house. Today, we split a Limoncello cake, which was just right — fresh, airy, and not too sweet.
Total damage for the two of us: $35 with tax, plus an $8 tip.
Anna Marie’s is like many small family-run places suffering from COVID issues. I strongly recommend them at lunchtime but would encourage anyone living on the West Side to give them some business. They could use a few more visitors and I think you’ll agree that we, as diners, are getting the best end of the deal.
Yes, Anna Marie’s is highly recommended.