Bringing a touch of Italy to Southern Nevada

By Debbie Hall

Chef Alessandra MadeiraCelebrity Chef Carla Pellegrino and her sister, Chef de Cuisine Alessandra Madeira, have opened Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, an authentic Italian restaurant featuring their signature dishes.

One notable menu item includes lasagna della nonna, a classic Italian lasagna made with oven-cooked, layered, fresh pasta sheets, Parmesan cheese, Bolognese and béchamel sauce. Another special selection is scaloppini alla saltimbocca, a thinly pounded veal with sage and prosciutto di Parma topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served with mashed potatoes. For a meatless entrée, verdue grigliate is a great choice made with grilled eggplants, Belgium endives, red endives, zucchini and yellow squash.

mahimahiBratalian also offers a fixed-price menu, which includes appetizer or salad, choice of entree, dessert and a house glass of wine. Guests may bring in their own bottle of wine with corkage discounts and free coupons available on Bratalian’s website.

Guests can enjoy hanging out at its fully stocked bar and then dining in a relaxed picturesque setting replicating Naples. There are happy hour specials Monday through Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

porkchopChef Pellegrino is truly a celebrity chef with appearances on the “Today Show,” “CBS Morning Show,” “Fox News National,” and “ Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” which she won. She got her start helping with her mother’s catering business, which educated her in the preparation of traditional Brazilian, Italian and Portuguese cuisine.

Chef Madeira began her career as garde manager at Baldoria restaurant, owned by the same family that owns the legendary Rao’s restaurant. As she acquired more culinary skills, she worked her way up to executive chef. She continues to work with her sister in culinary events and cooking shows.

Bratalian is open Monday through Saturday 5 to 10:30 p.m. For reservations, call 702.454.0104 or visit

Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina
10740 S. Eastern Ave. #155
Henderson, NV 89052