There are many fine restaurants in Atlantic City. And then there are some that go above and beyond. Tucked away in a little corner of Caesars Atlantic City is Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse. Finer dining doesn’t exist. I had the pleasure of dining there recently as a guest of Caesars.
The first thing you notice when seated is the warm, elegant decor. Nero’s is reminiscent of a country manor house with lots of wood and just enough lighting. Our wait staff team (yes, I said “team”) of Donna, Rufino and Juan were superb. They were attentive without hovering and we never wanted for a clean fork or a menu suggestion.
To get our palates ready for the feast to come, we were served a tiny little slice of pizza made with garlic, sautéed mushrooms, roasted peppers, thin sliced prosciutto and gorgonzola cheese. It was just the thing!
There were two of us in the party. For appetizers, we chose Cape May scallops with golden raisins, pine nut-caper salad and white wine sauce, plus an exquisite vegetable appetizer called Autumn frito. The frito was crispy broccoli and cauliflower lightly fried in a barely-there panko breading and served with pecorino cheese and basil. It was amazing! You tasted the vegetables, not just the breading.
Then came an intermediate course of shrimp scampi on garlic toast, very tasty and delicious.
We split a house tomato salad. This was a thick slice of Jersey tomato topped with fresh mozzarella and arugula, and served on a bed of saba, a thickened balsamic vinegar.
My dining partner chose a broiled 8 oz. filet mignon, served with a stuffed plum tomato and a roasted garlic bulb. The only thing I can say about that filet (I tasted it) was that it was perfect, cooked exactly to order and. . . well, just perfect!
I chose pan roasted Amish chicken, which was a roasted chicken quarter au jus, served with tiny French green beans and mashed potatoes. The chicken was tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes were seriously out of this world and the green beans were delicious.
We didn’t think we had any room for dessert, but when Donna suggested a Grand Marnier soufflé with raspberries, we couldn’t say no. They were hot out of the oven and served with fresh fruit and a vanilla sauce. Quite a way to end what has to be the best meal I’ve ever had in Atlantic City (and I’ve had many).
Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse is an upscale restaurant. The service is superb and the food is beyond excellent. The average entree is $36 and they have a selection of beef, chicken, seafood and other specialties. Chef Tim Davis told us how everything at Nero’s is served at the peak of freshness and that the seafood is sustainably caught.
Right now, Nero’s is open for dinner Friday and Saturday, Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The hours are subject to change so please call ahead before making the trip.
You can make your reservations by calling 800-223-7277 or online at Open Table.
If you are in the market for a superb meal in an elegant yet comfortable setting, visit Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse. Chef Tim and his staff would be honored to have you as their guests. And you don’t even have to be a Roman emperor.
Enjoy your meal!