Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas NV

Vetri Cucina

Sourdough Bread, Red Fife Sourdough Bread, Olive Oil

Fiore di Pesca – Ketel One Peach and Orange Blossom Vodka, Patron Citronge Mango, Blood Orange

Foie Gras Pastrami, Brioche, Rose Mostarda

Veal Tartare, Crispy Sweetbreads, Pecorino Romano

Almond Tortellini, Truffle Butter, Alba White Truffles

Swiss Chard Gnocchi, Brown Butter, Ricotta Salata

Casoncelli alla Bergsmasca, Sage, Pancetta

Malfadini, Duck, Olives

Chestnut Fettucine, Wild Boar Ragu, Cocoa

Whole Smoked Baby Goat, Soft Polenta

Double Espresso, Biscotti

Sicilian Pistachio Flan, Milk Chocolate Gelato

Chocolate Polenta Souffle, Vanilla Gelato / Pear Almond Tart, Honey Gelato / Bomboloni, Huckleberry Jam

Ricotta Gelato, Dark Chocolate Shell, Hazelnuts, Agrumato

Polenta Budino, Gianduja Mousse, Candied Hazelnuts

Gingerbread Gelato, Chocolate Gelato, Vanilla Gelato, Honey Gelato

Lemon Sorbetti, Grapefruit Sorbetti

Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip, Peppermint Macaron, Lemon Cookies, Italian Wedding Cookies, Pomegranate Thumb Print Cookies

Trained in the kitchens of Bergamo Italy but born stateside Marc Vetri’s name may not carry the weight of some “Celebrity Chefs,” but at his eponymous Restaurant in Philadelphia there has nonetheless been a book full of reservations for two decades, and in November 2018 the husband, father, musician, author and humanitarian transported his iconic dining room 56 stories above the Las Vegas Strip.

Titled Vetri Cucina and occupying the former home of Alizé, a space that has been completely re-imagined with imported cobblestone, warm wood and soft lighting, it is after a ride in elevators that guests will find themselves in a foyer where classical music plays, the hostess stand just steps beyond and in front of a bar where David “Coop” Cooper has found a new home after years at Carnevino.

In many ways Sin City’s biggest opening of 2018, the willingness off Station Casinos to invest in Fine Dining admirable as so many properties revert to quick casual, it is after confirming reservations that guests are led to tables clad in white tablecloths and hand-blown glasses, tiny candles flickering as bright lights glow below and into the distance.

Featuring a la carte service as opposed to Chef Vetri’s Philadelphia Tasting Menu, a necessity of the local market that occasionally makes prices seem a touch high, it is by servers also recognizable from Mario Batali’s shuttered Steakhouse that diners are offered warm professionalism, those looking to imbibe encouraged to enjoy selections from a lengthy Wine list or one of Coop’s Cocktails from which Fiore di Pesca drinks Fruit-forward but still boozy before a lightly floral finish.

Offering both Marc’s classics and newer seasonal items, a Bread program captained by Chefs Ashley Costa and Vetri veteran Amanda Shulman built around the Chef’s aged Starter beautifully structured, it was with two Antipasti that Dinner was underway, the cured Foie Gras smooth and nicely balanced by housemade Jam on Toast while Veal Tartare starts deceptively simple before evolving more and more with each bite.

Moving next to Pasta, the appropriate focus of any visit to Vetri Cucina, it was to two recipes from the book “Il Viaggio di Vetri” that guests were next treated, the Almond Tortellini fondly recalled from Philly here topped in Alba White Truffles and even better than memory serves while Spinach Gnocchi re-created from Swiss Chard remain the same gravity-defying spheres that seem only held to the plate by Cheese and Brown Butter.

Requesting additional Bread to sop up Sauce, the overall lack of Tomatoes expected as a result of Marc’s regional approach, it is straight from Bergamo that the kitchen led by Chef Josh Bianchi sends forth Casoncelli alla Bergsmasca, the pockets of shredded Beef and Breadcrumbs made more impactful by Sage and batons of Pork while crumpled ribbons of Malfadini offer gentle spring amidst hearty Duck Ragu and sliced Olives.

Offered one final Pasta before Secondi, razor-thin Fettuccini unfortunately a little overcooked beneath Wild Boar and Cocoa that adds minerality not dissimilar to Blood, those looking for something a little different from Fish and Steak should immediately invest $52 in smoked Baby Goat, the Ribs and Saddle both succulent atop Polenta drowning in Butter, though the former would be easier to eat with Bones disarticulated…or at least with a serrated knife.

Taking Espresso with Dolci, the complete collection of Vetri’s classics and new ideas from Chef Costa on display, those who do not prefer Citrus and Chocolate together may wish to avoid Ricotta Gelato and Agrumato that also comes across a bit oily, the far better pick for Chocoholics a molten-center “Souffle” while those seeking Fruit will be delighted by housemade Sorbetti, a rustic Pear Tart or Ashley’s Doughnuts that are spot on to what she once served inside the Palazzo.

Cleansing the palate between plates with bites of Gelato, both Gingerbread and Honey lovely but Vanilla on a whole different level, if one were forced to pick Vetri Cucina’s *best* Dessert the decision would fall between Sicilian Pistachio “Flan” and a Polenta Budino with Gianduja Mousse, the former spilling silky green contents with each spoonful but the Budino a textural masterpiece without being too sweet while Mignardises are highlighted by quickly dissolving Wedding Cookies and Cinnamon-crusted cubes of Poundcake described as Snickerdoodles.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: In 2010 Vetri was easily the best meal during a year of light travel, similar accolades deserved in 2012 for an extended tasting at 1312 Spruce Street, and in 2018 it is an honor to have Vetri Cucina in Las Vegas where a few small tweaks could very well make it the best Italian Restaurant in town, an area where it already stakes its claim in terms of ambiance and location.

RECOMMENDED: Fiore di Pesca,Foie Gras Pastrami, Almond Tortellini, Swiss Chard Gnocchi, Casoncelli alla Bergsmasca, Whole Smoked Baby Goat, Vanilla Gelato, Sicilian Pistachio Flan, Bomboloni, Polenta Budino, Snickerdoodle.

AVOID: Even for those who like Dark Chocolate and Citrus the amount of Olive Oil used on the Ricotta Gelato Dessert is too much.

TIP: For those who keep saying Vetri is “too expensive” please see what Mario used to charge for Pasta at Carnevino, or what Sinatra or Rao’s still sell today.  Additionally one can home Marc and his team see enough success locally to bring their Community Partnership West.  www.vetricommunity.org

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.vetricucina.com/vegas

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Masso Osteria [2,] Las Vegas NV

Masso Osteria Brunch

Coffee

White Peach Bellini

Capicola, Genoa Salami, Soppressata, Mortadella / Nicasio Goat Cheese, Fontina Cheese, Parmesan Cheese / Gemelli Salad – Broccoli Rabe Pesto, Burrata, Cherry Tomatoes / Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Salume and Smoked Mozzarella Stromboli / Bitter Greens Stromboli / Salami Frittata / Cheddar Cheese Frittata / Egg White Frittata with Mushrooms, Asparagus, Quinoa / Margerita Pizza – Tomato, Basil, Fiore di Latte

Carbonara Pasta – Guanciale, Pecorino, Egg

Eggs Benedict – Porchetta, Truffle Fonduta, Focaccia

Panettone French Toast – Strawberries, Raspberries, Whipped Cream, Single Barrel Maple Syrup

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes – Blueberries, Single Barrel Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream

Porchetta / Prime Rib / Finochina / 100-Layer Lasagna – Marinara, Ricotta Cheese, Fior Di Latte

Bran Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, Blueberry Danish, Cheese Danish, Pinkbox Doughnuts Birthday Cake Doughnut, Pinkbox Doughnuts Sprinkle Doughnut Hole

Pinkbox Doughnuts Maple Glazed Cro-Dough, Vanilla-Chocolate Swirl Soft Serve Ice Cream, Coffee Crunch

Although Sundays are typically a day of rest it was based on the strong Dinner performance in November that plans were made to attend Brunch at Masso Osteria less than one month later, the room taking on a warm glow during daylight hours when several areas are rearranged to create Buffet stations alongside an a la carte Menu appropriately adjusted from what is offered at night.

Sparing a lengthy description of room, history and service that mirrors what is seen during Masso Osteria Dinner, General Manager Christian Pollock leaving this day in the capable hands of a female AGM and her staff, guests arriving between 10:30am and 2:30pm Sunday will find Sports playing at the Bar plus a DJ in the main room, everything from The Rolling Stones to Drake finding its way onto a playlist that is present but not overly loud.

Empty early but building up steam closer to noon, the traditionally slow weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas in Las Vegas always a great time for locals to explore, it was seated in a rounded booth that menus were perused prior to ordering Beverages, hot Coffee for him and a Bellini for her each agreeable with the latter as well as Bloody Marys and Mimosas available bottomless for just $25.

Somewhat unique in format with Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts priced as listed, or a cost of $42 allowing guests their choice of one plus all-you-can-eat selections from the Buffet, it was wisely going AYCE that stations were visited before making picks, plate one piled in imported Charcuterie and Cheese from which spicy Soppressata was a highlight plus beautiful marinated Artichoke Hearts and Pasta Salad glistening with Broccoli Rabe Pesto around Tomatoes and cubes of Burrata.

Smart to go slowly, the kitchen taking its time to get plates right and Coffee refills plentiful, it was on a visit to the hot line that Pizza, Stromboli and Frittata offered temptation, the Pie unfortunately made flaccid by heat lamps while Chef Conant’s signature Strombolis wowed either meaty or Vegetarian, as did bite-size Eggs that eat more like springy crustless Quiche that the traditional pan-fried version.

At this point receiving plated items, two sweet and another pair savory, it was after snapping photos that Yolks were popped, a creamy yellow cascade mellowing salty Guanciale to create a formidable Carbonara while those crowning the Benny quickly soaked into toasted Focaccia topped in slices of housemade Porchetta made even more succulent by Truffle Fonduta.

Turning to sweeter things next, the fact that Masso uses 100% Pure Maple Syrup a welcomed fact, those who prefer “Dessert for Breakfast” will be happy to know that both Pancakes and French Toast perform beautifully, the Panettone almost super-saturated with Custard and complimented by Berries plus Whipped Cream while “Pancakes” are thick like Muffin Tops and extra-fluffy thanks to Ricotta with light Citrus notes.

To this point impressed by both ingredients and execution, Scott Conant and Executive Chef Victor Rodriguez clearly putting a lot of effort into housemade Fennel Sausage and aromatic Porchetta with shattering Skin, it is unfortunate that Prime Rib is fairly chewy while 100-Layer Lasagna suffers from self-service and condensation that builds up in its warming dish.

Additionally offering several other plates including the celebrity Chef’s Pasta Al Pomodoro and Salted Caramel Budino, both thoroughly enjoyed at Dinner, it was with a trip to the Pastry Station that Brunch concluded, items from Red Rock Bakeshop complimented by Las Vegas’ best Doughnuts and the rare opportunity to pair one of PinkBox’s Cro-Doughs with housemade Soft Serve and condiments like crumbled Oreo Cookies, Sprinkles or bittersweet Coffee Crunch.

FOUR STARS: Not quite as good as Dinner, inherent limitations of a Buffet on display with both Pizza and Lasagna, the fact one can visit Masso Osteria for just $42 and sample the Chef’s signature dish plus several labor-intensive items built from well-sourced ingredients is nonetheless impressive and yet another sign that Station Casinos and Red Rock are ready to play hardball with The Strip.

RECOMMENDED: Soppressata, Gemelli Salad, Artichoke Hearts, Salume and Smoked Mozzarella Stromboli, Cheddar Cheese Frittata, Carbonara Pasta, Panettone French Toast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Finochina, Porchetta, Pinkbox Doughnuts

AVOID: Pizza needs to be replenished more frequently or Dough fermented longer to avoid going limp, Lasagna needs to come out of the steam tray and be cut to order as this would better hold temperature and avoid condensation build up.

TIP: Offered 10:30am to 2:30pm on Sundays with several additional items such as Salads, Sides, Croissants, Granola and even Avocado Toast also available.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.massoosteria.com

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b.B.d’s, Las Vegas NV

b.B.d’s

Shacksbury Farmhouse Cider Arlo

Rocket Fuel – Coco Lopez, Malibu Rum, Pineapple Juice, Ice, Amaretto Float

b.B.d’s Lit – Long Island Iced Tea

Japanese Duck Drumsticks – Long Island Farm Raised Duck, Togarashi Spice, Fried Onions, Scallion Ribbons

French Onion Rings – Brined Vidalia Onions, Tempura Fried

1 lb. Bavarian Soft Pretzel – Large Soft Pretzel, Beer Cheese Sauce

Large House-Made Fried Cheese Sticks – b.B.d’s Signature Marinara Sauce

Grilled Candied Bacon Wedge – Iceberg Lettuce, Roquefort Bleu Cheese, Red Onions, Tomatoes, Red Wine Vinaigrette

Urban Seed Salad – Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers, Shaved Red Onion, Champagne Vinaigrette, Smoked Salt

b.B.d’s Burnt Confit Wings – Rustic Chicken Wings Cooked Low and Slow in Rendered Chicken Fat, b.B.d’s Hot Sauce, Bleu Cheese, Celery

Lamb Gyro Taco – House Seasoned Lamb Meat, Finely Chopped Parsley, Pico De Gallo, Feta, Cucumber, Tzatziki Sauce, Dehydrated Black Olives, Shoestring Fries

Wild Creatures Tears of Saint Laurent – Czech Grape Ale

Prime Dry Aged Steakhouse Burger – 12oz. Beef Patty, Toasted Brioche Bun, Duck Egg, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Crinkle Cut Sweet Potato Fries

3 Prime Mini Steamers – Prime Beef Burger Patties, American Cheese, Brioche Bun, Chopped Onions, Fast Food Pickles, Shoestring Fries

Griddle Burger – Thinly Pattied Prime Beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Fast Food Pickles, Griddled Onions, b.B.d’s Sauce, Shoestring Fries

Broiled Luncheonette Burger AKA Juice Bomb – Prime Beef, American Cheese, Sesame Seed Bun

Strawberry Milkshake – Fresh Strawberry Compote

Peanut Butter Whoopie Milkshake – Peanut Butter, Candied Peanuts, Hershey Syrup, Whipped Cream, Housemade Whoopie Pie

Bananas Foster Boozy Milkshake – Banana Foster Compote, Banana Chips, Waffle Cone, Graham Crackers, Meyer’s Dark Rum, Whipped Cream

Gooey Warm Cinnabomb – Vesta Coffee Ice Cream, Gooey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing, Saigon Cinnamon

Breakfast Bourbon Waffle Bread Pudding – Housemade Cheesecake Ice Cream, Macerated Strawberries

Valrhona Liquid Chocolate Cake – Chocolate Cake, Gooey Valrhona Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Crunchies, Brulee Marshmallow, Salted Caramel, Edible Flowers

“There aren’t enough Burgers in Las Vegas” has probably never been said, but when Ralph Perrazzo brought b.B.d’s – Beers Burgers Desserts to Palace Station Hotel & Casino none of that mattered to the former Chef at Bradley Ogden – what mattered was bringing an unparalleled experience encompassing ingredients, execution, service and setting – all four present and accounted for when three guests sat down to dinner on Wednesday.

In many ways the centerpiece of Station Casino’s recent renovations at their closest location to the Strip, an Asian Restaurant called Boathouse standing next to Chef Perazzo’s import from Rocky Point, it is hard to miss b.B.d’s no matter where entering from, the acronym blazing like a red beacon with a podium out front and heavy wooden doors fully protecting diners from the gaming floor.

Detailed in Art and Televisions, the former just as edgy as a soundtrack playing Kill ‘em All era Metallica and System of a Down, it is upon entering the first set of doors that guests will notice a room for on-site butchery, Perazzo and his team frequently seen breaking down large cuts of Beef, Pork and even Lamb.

Touting “Craftsmanship you can taste” and taking no shortcuts, everything including various grinds made on-site to ensure each Burger is as fresh as possible, it is from a diverse Beer list that guests are left to peruse after seating, a Cider from Shacksbury Farmhouse chosen to pair with Appetizers just a touch funky but otherwise light and not so carbonated as to make one feel bloated.

Focused on top quality ingredients and scratch made everything, Ralph’s travels building a menu that seeks to elevate “Bar Food” staples across America, it was with Cocktails including Long Island Iced Tea called “Lit” and a Pina Colada improved by Almond Liqueur that course one arrived, juicy flesh sliding right off Duck Legs loaded with umami while “French” Onion Rings may just as easily been have made by a Japanese Tempura master considering the crunchy yet light Breading.

Continuing heavier, quite literally in the case of a one pound Pretzel that is fluffy beneath a good skin and even more impressive with Beer Cheese, one of the newspaper-style menu’s biggest surprises comes in the form of five Cheese Sticks filled with what is presumably a blend including Raclette, the unparalleled stretch easily over a foot on arrival delicious on its own or when dipped in housemade Marinara with lots of Herbs.

Pumping the brakes with two Salads, one locally sourced from Urban Seed but the “Wedge” more interesting thanks to chunks of Roquefort and candied Bacon, it was saving a whole section of Vegan choices for another time that “Burnt” Wings arrived, the confit cooking creating something extra moist and crisp though the Hot Sauce is no-joke and best saved for those with fairly high spice tolerance.

Next tasting a Lamb Gyro recommended by AGM Gil Hayon, he and an assistant providing great service throughout the evening, it comes as no surprise that in-house butchery yields thick cuts that marry well to traditional condiments, but what was shocking came from Wild Creatures Brewery in the form of a Grape Ale that tasted a lot like Natural Wine from the Czech Republic.

Onward to the main event, a Burger quartet cooked in four iconic styles, suffice it to say that Perazzo’s no-shortcuts style yields a Steamer far superior to its famous cousin while the rest shoot even higher, a “Griddle” Burger thin but taking on a nice sear while the “Prime Dry Aged Steakhouse Burger” rivals any in town with 12oz of house-ground Beef on Toasted Brioche that stands up well to a la carte additions such as Aged Cheddar and a creamy Duck Egg.

Receiving plenty of Fries with the Sandwiches, b.B.d’s “Shoestrings” all crisp and outperforming crinkle-cut Sweets that were unfortunately a little flaccid, it was alongside Shakes made from in-house Soft Serve that the “Juice Bomb” was indulged in, Ralph’s broiled-crust tribute to Luncheonettes of old spilling Juice on the tray below with each unctuous bite and most certainly amongst the top three Burgers tasted to date in Sin City, even unadorned.

Making no proclamations as to which Milkshake is best, the fact that all three will clog a jumbo straw at times maddening because it slows down the enjoyment of something so creamy and delicious, be reminded to also save room for plated Desserts as Ralph’s time at Michelin 3* Jean-Georges in Manhattan was not wasted, all the evidence needed found in a riff on Vongerichten’s Molten Chocolate Cake, though the gooey housemade Cinnamon Roll and recently launched Bourbon Bread Pudding with Cheesecake Ice Cream are even better.

FIVE STARS: Rare to call any place “World Class” after a single visit the fact of the matter is that there is no one out there taking on Pub Grub and executing it as well as b.B.d’s, the effort of Chef Perazzo and his team evident in everything from Ingredient sourcing to design while the Food and Beverage both live up to promises of “Craftsmanship you can taste.”

RECOMMENDED: Rocket Fuel, 1 lb. Bavarian Soft Pretzel, Large House-Made Fried Cheese Sticks, Lamb Gyro Taco, Prime Dry Aged Steakhouse Burger, Broiled Luncheonette Burger, Gooey Warm Cinnabomb, Breakfast Bourbon Waffle Bread Pudding.

AVOID: Crinkle Cut Sweet Potato Fries are a bit limp.

TIP: Open noon to midnight daily and frequently offering special events focused on Beer and the local community.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.palacestation.sclv.com/Dining/bBds

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Big Chicken Catering, Las Vegas NV

Big Chicken Catering

Chicken Strips – Naked Truth Fried Chicken, Shaq Sauce, Sweet & Smokey Memphis BBQ, Carolina Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce

Shaq Daddy Slider – Naked Truth Fried Chicken, Swiss Cheese, Country Ham, Carolina Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce, Brioche Bun

Superman Slider – Swiss Cheese, Smashed Avocado, BBQ Ranch

BC Fries – Ketchup

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad – Naked Truth Fried Chicken, Cabbage, Noodles, Candied Cashews, Korean Dressing

BBQ Chicken Salad – Naked Truth Fried Chicken, Roasted Corn Relish, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce, BBQ Ranch Dressing

Big Chocolate Chip Cookie – from Crumb Fairy Bakery

Open now for just over a month and surprising fans as well as skeptics with Food far better than the typical “celebrity” Restaurant it was Wednesday that #supportlocal lunch went with Big Chicken, delivery by General Manager Trisha Durham arranged for just $20 extra and two Package Combos more than enough to feed 28 Guests below the allotted $15 per person.

Off to a good start and consistently busy, several local publications including bestofvegas.com publishing stories confirming hype generated by Shaquille O’Neal’s Facebook series, it was precisely on time that sturdy boxes and trays arrived from 4480 Paradise Road, everything temperature appropriate and well packaged so diners could come and go as they pleased.

Opting for one “Superman” Package plus fifty Strips, the former offering 36 Sliders, Fries, two Salads and two Cookies for $275, it was with Salad that many attendees opted to start, the Asian-inspired version dubbed “too spicy” by some but in reality quite mild with compelling texture while BBQ Chicken Salad was a little more wet than it likely is on-site but otherwise excellent as a result of sweetness and creaminess plus cubes of Pepper Jack Cheese.

Moving next to Big Chicken’s eponymous item, the cut Breasts from Naked Truth brined and cooked crisp with plenty of moisture locked beneath well-spiced Breading, it was with some added to Salads and others used simply as Dippers than many were heard saying “better than Cane’s,” apparently high praise while the Bird on Brioche also went quickly, most preferring “Shaq Daddy” to Superman as the former comes across something like a Cuban Sandwich thanks to tangy Carolina Sauce, Ham and Swiss.

Creating additional fans by way of BC Fries, the ultra-thin Spuds eating more like seasoned Chips than actual French Fries and thus traveling well without sog, it was with amusement that many posed for pictures with a Big Cookie before finally dividing and devouring, the Dough from Crumb Fairy Bakery in Van Nuys California more chewy than what was tasted at the Grand Opening while Organic Dark Chocolate helps keep sweetness in check.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone there is no doubt that Chefs Matt Piekarski and Silverman have created something far better than expected at Big Chicken, and whether enjoyed on-site or at the Office the product outperforms the competition at a fair price considering Ingredient quality.

RECOMMENDED: Shaq Daddy Slider, Chicken Strips, Shaq Sauce, BC Fries, Asian Chicken Noodle Salad.

AVOID: BBQ Chicken Salad would have benefitted from a little less moisture, though the flavor is excellent.

TIP: Open 11a through 1a Sunday through Thursday, until 2am on Fridays and Saturday. Delivery currently only offered if appropriate staffing is available.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.bigchicken.com

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Cipriani, Las Vegas NV

Cipriani

Italian Loaf, Breadsticks

Bellini

Carpaccio “alla Cipriani”

Baccala Mantecato with Fried Polenta

Baby Artichokes “alla Romana”

Margherita Pizza

Baked Tagliolini with Praga Ham

Chilean Seabass “alla Carlina”

Risotto with Selected Mushrooms

Homemade Potato Gnocchi “al Gorgonzola”

Double Espresso with Ice and Butter Cookies

Vanilla Crème Meringue

Vanilla Gelato with Candied Nuts and Warm Chocolate

Traditional Panettone with Cream

Homemade Millefoglie with Crème Chantilly

While few save for moneyed tourists may realize Wynn recently added “Plaza Shops” including the likes of Kiton and Stefano Ricci word is beginning to spread regarding another sort of Italian import, the Cipriani family having chosen the lower level as a place to bring over eighty-five years of tradition with their first Restaurant west of the Mississippi River.

Known simply as Cipriani, an iconic logo prominently displayed on everything from signage to silverware, guests entering the Restaurant will immediately feel transported to a space miles from both The Strip and shopping, an interior from Michele Bonan intended to represent the core of a yacht with polished wood and plush seating beneath sizable art pieces, the bar and bathroom even going so far as to add portholes with looped LCD video of the open sea.

Famous for the Food and Beverage of Giuseppe Cipriani, a story that began at Harry’s Bar in Venice and now spans twelve cities around the globe, it is immediately upon entry that suited staff offers greetings, a variety of low-slung seating options spreading left and right while a private dining room is also offered for larger groups.

Authentically Italian and still family owned, a fourth generation continuing on the motto “to serve is first to love,” it is with Water poured and Bread offered that guests are left to decide amongst options from a menu that changes twice daily, the $17 Bellini originally invented by Cipriani in 1948 a popular way to start and although pricey certainly not lacking in ingredient quality while thinly shaved Carpaccio “alla Cipriani” is also highly recommended by staff.

Undoubtedly an elegant space, the requested Business Casual dress code met by charming servers that exude hospitality, additional Appetizers include Baby Artichokes imported straight from one of Venice’s many Islands plus creamy Salt Cod, the former sous-vided and extremely tender while the Fish whipped with Cream is better than any tasted in Italy, and something that cannot be found anywhere else in Las Vegas.

Maintaining its traditional feel with a heavily European staff, many including Pizzaiolo Ismaele Romano born in Italy and a visit to the kitchen finding several speaking their native language, it was with a textbook Margherita Pizza featuring good char and a puffy Cornicione that Entrees were preceded, Cipriani’s signature Tagliolini immediately proving worthy of praise with Praga Ham and thin Noodles beneath baked Cheese while Risotto portioned out tableside was tender but not soft and teaming with Mushrooms.

Neither wowed nor disappointed by Chilean Seabass “alla Carlina,” both the mild Fish and accompanying Rice Pilaf nicely cooked but not particularly exciting, it was Cipriani’s Homemade Potato Gnocchi that wrestled away the spotlight thanks to thick Gorgonzola and Cream that anchored feather-light Dumplings, a Double Espresso made from good Beans plus tiny Butter Cookies soon arriving to cleanse the palate in preparation for Dolce.

Offering nothing but luxury and exemplary Ingredients to this point, factors that earned Harry’s Bar recognition as a national landmark in 2001, it can safely be said that no meal at Cipriani is complete without tasting a slice of airy Vanilla Crème Meringue, though that most certainly should not preclude a sharable bowl of made-to-order Gelato served with candied Nuts and Chocolate nor seasonal Panettone imported from Venice – both Las Vegas’ best – while a Millefoglie suggested “to be shared” presumes guests will actually want to let anyone else get a taste after their first bite of something so refined and texturally masterful.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Although most traveling gastronomes will say Venice is more about the canals and culture than cuisine, those same folks also more likely to cite Las Vegas as a place for gambling or a show than one of its fine Restaurants, the Cipriani family now calls both cities home and for those seeking authentic Italian Food without going broke the new location at Wynn offers exactly that inside a great room with service to match.

RECOMMENDED: Baccala Mantecato with Fried Polenta, Margherita Pizza, Baked Tagliolini with Praga Ham, Homemade Potato Gnocchi “al Gorgonzola,” Vanilla Crème Meringue, Vanilla Gelato with Candied Nuts and Warm Chocolate, Traditional Panettone with Cream, Homemade Millefoglie with Crème Chantilly.

AVOID: House Bread is pretty basic, as is Chilean Seabass “alla Carlina,” while $17 for a Bellini that is at most 2.5oz seems a tough sell in a city where “bottomless” can be found for $20.

TIP: Lunch Daily 11:30am–4:00pm, Dinner Sun-Thu 4:00pm–11:00pm and Fri-Sat 4:00pm–12:00am. Whole Panettone also for sale in store.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Smith’s Southwest Marketplace, Las Vegas NV

Smith’s Southwest Marketplace

Penelope – RubySnap Fresh Cookies Peanut Butter Truffle

Virginia – RubySnap Fresh Cookies Dark Molasses Ginger

Maris – RubySnap Fresh Cookies Chewy Chocolate Caramel

Mia – RubySnap Fresh Cookies Vanilla Bean Buttercream Beet

Judy – RubySnap Fresh Cookies Orange Zest Cream Cheese

Trudy – RubySnap Fresh Cookies Classic Chocolate Chip

Madbrook Donut Company Texas Donut with Blueberry Icing

Churro-rific Cruller

Glazed Yeast Twist

Glazed Old Fashioned Donut

Glazed Plain Cake Donut

Lemon Filled Vanilla Frosting Donut

When Glazier’s Food Marketplace on Warm Springs Road shuttered in early 2018 many were expectedly upset, the fact that a store featuring several beloved recipes from Helen Glazier would become yet another Smith’s in reality a sign of the times, but a look at the Bakery this weekend attests to a place at least trying to win back some “foodies” with products from Utah’s RubySnap Fresh Cookies and Madbrook Donut Company.

Located at 8525 West Warm Springs just off Durango, the fact that Sin City’s “Southwest Marketplace” is nowhere near the southern or western edge of town attesting to rapid growth over the past decade, it is immediate-left of entry that shoppers will quickly notice many of Kroger Brand’s usual Cakes and Pies before finding small sign describing Madbrook Donut Company, a quick read suggesting that *only* “Texas Donuts” are imported from the family-owned company out of Utah and a taste likely confirming this later.

Speaking first to other selections, Glazier’s collection reportedly created by Wayne of Donut Mania long gone, even the low price of 59-cents offers no reason to investigate Rings such as the crumbly plain Cake or misshaped Old Fashioned that tastes of nothing but Glaze, a “Churro-rific” Donut of the month also an embarrassment to Crullers everywhere thanks to a complete lack of lightness or any Egg flavor.

Finding at least a proper rise in the Glazed Twist, though Smith’s Lemon Bismark reverted right back to awful by way of congealed center, it was finally here that the $2.50 monster from Utah proved worth its weight and cost, the interior soft and springy like Brioche while Frosting tasted surprisingly natural thanks to plenty of actual Blueberries.

Moving next to Cookies, Salt Lake City’s RubySnap actually inspiring the visit to Smith’s after a worthless trip to Crumbl, the counter selling ten flavors is found directly across from Donuts and with hours from 10:30a until 7:30p assuring freshness the $2.50 rounds made from all-natural ingredients are a decided step in the right direction.

Famous for unique flavors built on tradition, each Cookie given a name and sold cheaper in bulk, it was after noting frozen Dough for home baking that six choices were made to the tally of $13.50, first bites of “Trudy” rich with Butter plus a light bit of Cinnamon that helps to accentuate melty Chocolate Chips while a half-dipped Peanut Butter “Penelope” is thick and not too far off from Reese’s Cup in terms of flavor.

Immediately loving Virginia, warm Baking Spices and lots of Molasses all the better warmed, don’t sleep on Maris either as molten Caramel comes sandwiched between layers of Dark Chocolate, though if forced to prioritize calories or stomach space this is one to share so a taste can be had of RubySnap’s Original or Orange Sugar Cookie topped in Beet Buttercream and tangy Cream Cheese Frosting, respectively.

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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Las Vegas NV

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Prosecco

Bread Basket – Cheese Crisps, Pretzel, White Roll, Raisin Toast, Cornbread, Cold Butter

Fried Calamari – Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp de Jonghe – Garlic, Sherry, Breadcrumbs

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms – Mozzarella, Garlic

All Green Salad – Creamy Vinaigrette

Colossal Lump Crab Cakes – Remoulade

Ahi Tuna Filet Mignon – Crispy Potato Cake, Spinach, Mushroom, Red Wine Bordelaise

Jennies Mashed Potatoes – Fontina Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Bread Crumbs

Sauteed Broccolini – Butter, Garlic

Key Lime Pie – Whipped Cream, Graham Cracker Crust

Banana Cream Pie – Foster Sauce, Pralines

Fortunate to have visited the Miami landmark during a good season it wasn’t until Friday that Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab was experienced here in Las Vegas, the 1913 building re-imagined inside Caesars Forum Shops bearing little resemblance to the original either in the heavily wooded main room or an upstairs space designed for private events.

No doubt targeting tourists and apparently doing well, the fact that Caesars’ Joe’s does not close during “off season” all the comment that is necessary regarding a focus on quantity over quality, it was after climbing stairs to a PDR already half-full with guests that sign-in took place, the prix-fixe menu not a bad collection though service was clearly of a “get in and get out with the least interruption possible” mindset.

Served in four courses with two offering a choice, Drink “tickets” handed out allowing for Domestic Beer or one of three budget Wines, it was with fairly good Prosecco that Appetizers were eaten, the Calamari pretty basic but thankfully not oily while overcooked Shrimp “de Jonghe” an basic stuffed Mushrooms both used plenty of Garlic and Breadcrumbs to help overcome their shortcomings in sourcing.

Offered Salad and Bread next, the latter highlighted by tender Corn Muffins that even warm could not melt pucks of icy Butter, it was with most Rolls inexplicably collected quickly that entrees arrived, the Crab Cakes thankfully all-Meat though not particularly memorable otherwise while Sashimi Grade Tuna atop fried Potatoes with convincing Bordelaise was certainly better and actually something worth seeking out in terms of taste and texture.

Rounding out the evening with Dessert, the effort to obtain Coffee deemed unjustified, it was from a fraction of Joe’s Cakes and Pies that Key Lime and Banana Cream were selected, the former identical to its Miami counterpart but larger in portion while Bananas relied too much on sugary “Foster Sauce” for sweetness and fell far short of Emeril’s version offered at MGM or The Venetian.

TWO AND A HALF STARS: Probably not the ideal setting to experience Joe’s Las Vegas outpost, though considering the sponsor’s investment one would have at least expected gracious service, it seems as though this house of Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab prefers dollars to quality or execution and that is precisely why chains no matter how “upscale” are rarely worth visiting once one has already dined at the original.

RECOMMENDED: Ahi Tuna Filet Mignon, Key Lime Pie, Cornbread.

AVOID: Shrimp de Jonghe, Banana Cream Pie, Butter.

TIP: 11:30a-10:00p daily and currently offering a “Buy one $100 gift card, get a $25 bonus” through 12/30/18.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.joes.net/las-vegas

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Purple Potato Catering [4,] Henderson NV

Purple Potato Catering

Chef’s Salad – Kale, Arugula, Spinach, Bell Pepper, Pickled Red Onion, Cherry Tomato, Cauliflower, Apple, Maple Sunflower Seeds, Hard Boiled Egg, Baked Falafel, Herb Dressing

Bacon Adobo Rice Bowl – Organic Pork Belly, Coconut Milk, Soy Sauce, Garlic Fried Rice, Green Onion

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl – Organic Chicken Breast, Soy, Broccoli, Garlic Fried Rice

BBQ Pork Doughnut with Spicy Strawberry Jam

Vegan Chocolate Brownie