Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky has opened in The Ogden building in the former space of WILD, in Downtown Las Vegas. Named for its 2,500-square-foot footprint, the decor combines modern and old-world sensibilities with an Asian tinge, filled with black-stained reclaimed woods and copper accents. The menu offers a blank canvas for patrons to create their own ramen bowl through three steps: "Pick Your Noodle," "Pick Your Broth" and "Choose Your Topping." In addition, an array of other selections includes seaweed salad, gyoza dumplings, garlic edamame, hand rolls such as Kurobuta sausage and spicy tuna, and design-your-own rice dishes. The venue also features craft beers, Japanese sake and an array of Japanese whiskeys. Itsy Bitsy is open daily for lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.–Sat., and offers takeout and delivery to residents of The Odgen. Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-405-9393.
Station Casinos has partnered with 11-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani to open Little Tony’s at Palace Station Hotel & Casino. Located off of the casino, the Prohibition era-themed décor features red brick walls, red leather booths and a black-and-white subway tile floor. The Italian trattoria and classic pizzeria offers a variety of Gemignani’s Italian and American pizza styles and is the exclusive home of the winner of the "World's Best Pizza" at the International Pizza Challenge in 2014 --- The Dillinger --- a cast-iron pan pizza with smoked mozzarella, chicken, broccolini, pancetta, crushed red peppers, artichokes, garlic, Alfredo sauce and three cheeses. The menu also includes a selection of pastas, calzones, Stromboli, antipasti and salads, with a focus on authentic Italian ingredients and organically grown produce. The beverage program highlights more than 90 varieties of bourbon and whiskey. Little Tony’s is open daily for lunch and dinner. Little Tony’s, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
Chef Bradley Manchester has opened Glutton, a restaurant featuring an eclectic menu of New American cuisine. Located on Carson Avenue, across from the Downtown Container Park in a renovated midcentury building, the design consists of stained concrete floors, exposed brick and a stone chef’s counter. Offerings include wood-oven roasted sea bream with fennel seed, Concord grape, Cara Cara orange and white balsamic; and arugula and almond wood-fired flatbread topped with goat cheese, robiola, shishito, honey and pesto. Through a partnership with local farms, a fresh salad and vegetable repertoire features dishes such as shaved apple and celery salad with torn herbs, crushed hazelnuts, Manchego cheese and Riesling vinaigrette. Desserts incorporate wood-roasted fruits, homemade ice cream and comfort-food offerings such as apple and olive oil upside-down cake with spiced pecan streusel and cider ice cream. Glutton is open daily for dinner, and Monday through Saturday for lunch. Glutton, 616 East Carson Ave, Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-366-0623.
After a three-year break from operating his own restaurants and working as a consultant for other eateries, celebrity chef Alex Stratta has opened Tapas by Alex Stratta in Tivoli Village. The upscale-casual concept serves modern tapas with prominent Spanish accents. The 5,401-square-foot restaurant, set in the former space of Poppy Den, is washed in a rustic yellow color palette with red and white accents, with wrought iron lighting fixtures, eclectic mirrors in various sizes and original artwork inspired by chefs. The menu lists 50 items, including paella, Spanish cheeses and cured meats, fresh seafood, organic meat, poultry and seasonal vegetables. Tapas by Alex Stratta, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-483-3555.
Pizza Rock by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani has opened a second Vegas location at Green Valley Ranch. The 7,000-square-feet eatery, located off of the casino seats more than 200. Design features include a large cocktail bar and 20-seat interactive wood-fire bar, more than 40 80-inch HD TVs with Xbox gaming systems and a full-sized 1964 Peterbilt truck extending onto the patio with a trailer full of vintage beer boxes. The 11 styles of Gemignani’s pizzas include New York/New Haven, Chicago cracker-thin, classic American, regional Italian, Roman, Sicilian, Californian, Detroit and gluten-free, and are baked in nine ovens, fired at temperatures ranging from 500 degrees to 900 degrees. To complement the pizzas, an extensive craft beer selection features beer from local breweries like Bad Beat, Banger, CraftHaus and Joseph James. Pizza Rock, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-617-7777, 866-782-9487.
Lago by Julian Serrano has opened in the former space of Circo at Bellagio. This is the first Italian restaurant from chef Julian Serrano (Picasso, Julian Serrano). Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has opened its fifth Las Vegas location, in thriving Downtown Summerlin, located near Charleston and the 215 Freeway. The décor is part of the chain’s New Chapter model for the future, with an open kitchen, rustic furnishings crafted from sustainable materials and an extensive outdoor patio dining area. Also new are menu items including fire-grilled rib eye steak, bacon and potato pizza, and hearth-roasted halibut. The new "lunch duos," offered from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., feature pizza and soup or salad for $10.95, half sandwich and soup or salad for $9.95, or soup and salad for $8.95. This new CPK is open daily from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. California Pizza Kitchen, Downtown Summerlin, 10345 Oval Park, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-978-5759.
Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders has opened at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, located just steps away from 33 plasma TVs at the resorts sports book, The Playing Field. The menu features three all-beef slider options of hamburger, cheeseburger and bacon cheeseburger; wings and tenders in flavors of honey barbecue, jalapeño tequila lime, teriyaki pineapple, Parmesan garlic and mild, medium or hot wing sauce; four varieties of house-cut waffle fries: plain, buffalo, cheese and nacho style; veggie dippers with dips made in-house including wasabi ranch, blue cheese and Sriracha ranch; and 15-inch pizza slices with options of cheese, pepperoni, salami trio, chicken and spinach, big meat, sausage and Margherita. Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders is open with food service from 11 a.m.-midnight daily, with the bar serving drinks 24 hours. Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-785-5555, 877-333-WISH.
Caesars Palace is home to an outpost of chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker, which has two locations in the San Diego area and another in Austin. The menu includes signature dishes like the 38-oz rib-eye "tomahawk" as well as eggs + bacon "pork belly." Searsucker, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-866-1800.
Hyde Bellagio Now Serving Small Plates from Julian Serrano’s Lago
Hyde Bellagio is now serving traditional Italian small plates from chef Julian Serrano’s newly opened Lago. Served nightly from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., the menu includes bruchetta al pomodoro made with tomato basil and garlic oil; cipolline e speck made with onions and smoked prosciutto; spiedino di salsiccia prepared with seasoned sausage skewers and bell pepper sauce; formaggi made with ubriaco del piave, quadrello di bufala and pecorino; and cannoli made with ricotta cheese, chocolate and orange. Guests can enjoy the lounge menu and libations on Hyde’s expansive terrace overlooking the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Hyde Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8700, 888-987-6667.
Emeril’s Table 10 Offering Four-course Spring Tasting Menu
Emeril’s Table 10 at The Palazzo is offering a four-course tasting menu designed by chef de cuisine Tim Doolittle, featuring Emeril’s staples and springtime dishes. Priced at $48, courses include a choice of seasonal soup, chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, Boston lettuce salad or Caesar salad; Emeril's New Orleans barbecue shrimp, candied North Country bacon with Noble Tonic No. 1, mushroom gnocchi or tuna crudo; pork tenderloin, pea ravioli, chicken breast and thigh with leek stuffing, filet mignon or skate wing; and a dessert of any menu item such as banana cream pie. Wine pairings are available for an additional $28. Table 10, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6363.
Rockhouse Launches New $20 All-Inclusive Sunday Brunch
Rockhouse Las Vegas at The Venetian/Palazzo has launched a Sunday ROCK Brunch from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Priced at $20 (plus tax and tip), it includes one breakfast dish from Rockhouse’s brunch menu, with items such as chorizo and egg tacos, green chili and egg tacos, asada steak and egg tacos, and breakfast dogs topped with scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese and bacon. There's also bottomless libations like mimosas, Bloody Marys, draft beer and well cocktails. In addition, live musical entertainment is offered from noon-6 p.m. Rockhouse’s traditional bar bites menu will also be served during this time at regular price. Rockhouse Las Vegas, The Venetian, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-9683.
Wednesday Tequila Dinners at Mercadito
Mercadito at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa is hosting weekly Wednesday Tequila Dinners. Executive chef Juan Puentes presents a four-course dinner with off-menu, tequila-based dishes. Between courses, guests get to try anejo, blanco and reposado tequilas. The four-course dinner is priced at $36 per person, with a minimum of two people per table. There are four menus that rotate weekly over three months, to enable guests to try a variation of the tequila dinners, or return for their favorites. Mercadito, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-979-3609.
New 2 for $10 Lunch Menu at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
Sammy's Woodfired Pizza is offering a two-for-10 menu, available weekdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For $10 per person, diners may choose two items from the following selections: pepperoni, margherita or Italian sausage pizza; organic kale, Caesar, Greek or arugula and fig salad; and tomato, butternut squash or corn chowder soup. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, 6500 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146, 702-227-6000.
Otto Las Vegas Invites Guests to Relax on Its Piazza While Enjoying Complimentary Cicchetti
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at The Venetian is offering a complimentary chef’s selection of cicchetti (small bites) on the restaurant’s Piazza overlooking The Venetian’s St. Mark’s Square from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with the purchase of a bottle of wine. Examples of the ever-changing cicchetti selection are fritti, salumi, marinated olives, bruschetta and crostini, marinated vegetables and Italian cheeses. The wine list includes labels from some of Italy’s most renowned winegrowing regions and features a list of 100 bottles of wine for under $100. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-677-3390.
Zenshin Asian Restaurant Introduces New $5 Lunch and $9.95 Entrée Specials
Zenshin Asian Restaurant at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, has introduced a new lunch menu featuring discounted sushi rolls and entrées, available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The new items start at $5 and include a crunch roll with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado roll topped with eel sauce; spicy tuna roll with spicy tuna and cucumber; and California roll with crab, avocado and cucumber. In addition, new entrée specials priced at $9.95 include poke and cone sushi, an 8-ounce Wagyu burger, a po' boy tempura soft shell crab sandwich, and three mini Kurobuta sausages. Zenshin Asian Restaurant, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-797-8538.
Andre’s and Alizé Offering 35% Discount on All Wine During Early Dining
In celebration of Andre’s 35th Year Anniversary, Andre's at Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Top of the Palms will offer a 35 percent discount on any of its vast collection of wine, if ordered before 6:30 p.m. The discount is being offered throughout 2015. To reserve Andre’s at Monte Carlo, call 702-798-7151, or to make a reservation for Alizé, call 702-951-7000. Andre's Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
The Culinary Dropout gastropub inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has promoted chef Mike Sutton to executive chef. Sutton brings more than nine years of experience, and studied culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, before coming to Las Vegas nine years ago. Before joining Culinary Dropout as a sous chef in August 2013, Sutton worked as a line cook at the MGM Grand’s Shibuya. In his new role at Culinary Dropout, chef Sutton will lead the culinary team through hands-on training. In a press release, Sutton said, “I want my team to be excited to come in and do the best they can to step up, help each other out and build that teamwork and passion.” Culinary Dropout, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
After celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Riviera Hotel & Casino closed its doors May 4, 2015. In February, the iconic resort and the 26 acres it sits on was sold for $182.5 million to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which will raze the property to make way for more convention space to adjoin the LV Convention Center, located across the way. The closure means the end for R Steak & Seafood, Banana Leaf Cafe and Wicked Vicky Tavern, as well the food court with Angelina's, Big Burger, Cheese Steaks Etc, India Masala, La Salsa, Quiznos and Wok Express. Starwood Capital Group had owned the Riviera since 2010. Riviera Hotel & Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill in the Grand Canal Shoppes, next to St. Mark's Square at The Venetian, closed April 27. The New American restaurant was one of Puck’s oldest Las Vegas restaurants and had been open for 16 years. The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group still has six restaurants in Las Vegas including CUT at Palazzo, Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at the Shops at Crystals, Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill restaurants at MGM Grand and Downtown Summerlin. Postrio Bar & Grill, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
"Rock n' Roll Chef" Kerry Simon is downsizing, as he is closing two of his restaurants when their leases run out. His KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s closed the first week of April, and Simon at Palms Place at the Palms Casino Resort is slated to close on May 22. Neither resort has announced a replacement for Simon’s restaurants. Simon has been waging a medical battle against Multiple System Atrophy, and is confined to a wheelchair. His remaining Vegas restaurant, Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas, will remain open. Simon at Palms Place, Palms Place Hotel & Spa, 4381 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-944-3292.
After several months of rumors regarding its closing, Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan closed March 31. The French bistro had been open since the resort debuted in December 2010 and is the first restaurant to close since The Cosmopolitan opened. Comme Ça was under the direction of chefs David Myers and Brian Howard, both of whom departed from the restaurant last year. It hasn't yet been announced what restaurant will be taking over the space. Comme Ça, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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