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January 2013 Archive

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Chef Shawn McClain of Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino will debut his first casual concept, FIVE50 Pizza Bar. Set to debut this spring and located in the space that formerly housed the Skybox Sports Bar & Grill at Aria, McClain will serve East Coast versions of Sicilian-style pizzas prepared in wood-fired ovens. The restaurant will also serve small plates, handmade pastas, an artisanal charcuterie selection, desserts and a varied selection of craft beers. The name is inspired by the temperature at which the pizza is cooked, as well as the time when the pizza bar will offer a daily happy hour. FIVE50 Pizza Bar will be open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. FIVE50 Pizza Bar, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
After being closed for months for a remodel, The Buffet at Aria Resort & Casino has reopened with an expanded menu and several new features. Two new food stations have been added: Fish Market and Latin, which bring the total number of stations to 11 (the others are Sweets, Asian, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Tandoori, Carvery, Diner and Salad. A tandoor oven, which the resort claims is the only one in a Las Vegas buffet, turns out garlic naan bread and other specialties, and fresh fish and made-to-order pastas are cooked in front of customers. The Buffet, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-590-8630.
Former Bravo “Top Chef” cheftestant Angelo Sosa has opened his first Las Vegas-based eatery, Poppy Den at Tivoli Village. The Asian gastropub menu features a combination of spices, herbs and fresh ingredients, and is a reflection on Sosa’s extensive travels through Asia. Selections include fish sandwich with onion jam and dill, miso salmon with shishito peppers, Korean barbecue short rib, watermelon salad with goat cheese, and homemade potato chips and ice cream. The restaurant’s design utilizes natural light with a rustic, country setting and the restaurant’s outdoor Poppy Garden features poppy flowers, fresh herbs and peaceful surroundings. An upstairs area, named The Den, serves a large library of sake. Poppy Den is open daily for dinner, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Poppy Den, 440 S. Rampart Blvd. Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-802-2480.

News Bytes

China Poblano Offering Special Menu for Chinese New Year
José Andrés’ China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will present a special menu honoring Chinese New Year from February 1-28. Menu items include "goose, goose, duck" --- seared foie gras, salted egg custard and blood orange; scallop and long bean with black bean paste; and Xinjiang Uyghur lamb chops. China Poblano, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7900.
Trevi to Welcome Spring Break Revelers with Food and Drink Deals
Trevi in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will offer spring break specials Sunday through Friday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The specials will run from Feb. 24 to Friday, Mar. 29. The $6 Trevi bites include tomato bruschetta, fresh stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, Romano chicken sliders, homemade meatballs and stuffed mini-cheeseburgers. Drink specials include frozen Bellinis for $3; Corona, Heineken, Peroni and Sam Adams beer for $4; wines by the glass for $6; and signature martinis including the Trevitini, Mela, Limone and Negroni Martini for $6. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-735-4663.
Ri Ra Offering Locals Discounts
Ri Ra Irish Pub at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place inside Mandalay Bay is offering Las Vegas locals 40 percent off food every Friday. Guests must present a valid Nevada ID in order to receive the discount. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas serves a Sunday roast every week Jaleo Offering Sunday Roast of Whole Animal
José Andres’ Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas serves a Sunday roast every week. Served from 8 p.m.-9 p.m., a whole animal is roasted on a spit in the center of the dining room over its custom wood-fired paella grill. Over the course of eight hours, chefs manually rotate the spit over burning orange and olive wood. Whole roasts are also available for purchase Monday through Saturday with 36 hours notice. Jaleo, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.

Chef Shuffle

Alex Stratta has moved on from his shuttered Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, to become the new executive chef at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills. Stratta is replacing Freddy Vargas, who is leaving to helm the stoves at SBE's Mercato di Vetro. Scarpetta, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-7970.
NOVE Italiano at the Palms Casino Resort Chef Geno Bernardo at NOVE Italiano at the Palms Casino Resort announced he’s leaving the restaurant and moving to New York City. In his statement, he expressed gratitude to his staff, the 9group and the Palms. Bernardo’s replacement has not yet been named. NOVE Italiano, Palms Casino Resort, Fantasy Tower, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-6800.
Kazuki Tozawa has been named executive sushi chef of Marssa at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. A native of Aomori, Japan, Tozawa was promoted from his position as sushi chef, and now oversees all operations of the Asian fusion eatery. Chef Osamu "Fuji" Fujita has moved on to open his own restaurant in California. Marssa, The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 101 Montelago Blvd., Henderson, NV 89011, 702-567-6000.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Las Vegas to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aristocrat, R.I.P.

Kokomo’s at The Mirage closed after dinner service January 12. The steak and seafood restaurant will be replaced by a new concept by Tom Colicchio, which is planned for a summer of 2013 opening. According to a press release, the new restaurant will focus on “meats prepared entirely over an open flame-from wood-burning ovens to charcoal grills.” Colicchio currently owns two Las Vegas restaurants at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Craftsteak and 'wichcraft. Kokomo's, Mirage Las Vegas, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Bottles & Burgers by Double Helix at Tivoli Village has closed. The gourmet burger and wine restaurant closed nearly one year to the day after its opening. Double Helix’s other two locations at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino and Town Square remain open. Bottles & Burgers by Double Helix , Tivoli Village, 450 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 120, Las Vegas, NV 89145, no phone.

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