Osso Buco at Ferraro’s

This traditional Italian delicacy, the house specialty, is made with veal shank braised in red wine served with farro. “With the main ingredient being love,” executive chef Mimmo Ferraro says, “our osso buco is hard to beat! We have guests tell us once they’ve had our osso buco, they can’t go anywhere else.”  $39, 4480 Paradise Road, 364-5300.

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