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March 2011 Archive

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Carla Pellegrino and her sister, Allesandra Madeira, have opened Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina. The name implies a Brazilian/Italian theme, and while the menu is currently strictly Italian, plans are in the works to include Brazilian dishes in the future. Pellegrino is the former executive chef at Rao’s at Caesars Palace. Madeira also worked alongside her sister as sous chef at Rao. Bratalian is located in Henderson, on Eastern south of Horizon Ridge Pkwy. Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, 10740 S. Eastern Ave. #155, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-454-0104.
Market Café Vdara is now open at the Vdara Hotel & Spa. The market/café is a mix of a casual eatery and a market, and is the only "grocery store" within CityCenter. At the helm is executive chef Martin Heierling, the mastermind behind Bellagio’s Sensi restaurant. Guests have the option of selecting freshly made bagels, pastries, gourmet coffee drinks, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups and paninis or groceries to take back to their suites or residences. In addition, an extensive selection of all-natural and organic products are offered, continuing the hotel’s commitment to sustainability. Market Café Vdara, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-590-2333.
Chef Michel Richard Chef Michel Richard has opened a Vegas version of Central Michel Richard, his Washington D.C. eatery, at Caesars Palace. Located adjacent to the hotel lobby, Central Michel Richard offers 24-hour dining, seating for approximately 300 guests, an outdoor patio terrace and a large lounge with full bar, several beers on tap and specialty cocktails. The food menu features many Central signature items such as Richard's popular burger, 72-hour short ribs and fried chicken. Central Michel Richard, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-650-5921; 877-427-7243.
Rí Rá Las Vegas inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will be the newest Irish pub to open on the Vegas Strip. Opening on St. Patrick’s Day, the restaurant will feature salvaged material from Ireland and an eight-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850. The pub will host live entertainment seven nights a week, with a majority of the entertainers coming from Ireland. Menu items will include 12-day, in-house brined corned beef brisket; fish and chips made with North Atlantic haddock; shepherd’s pie made with minced lamb; a Guinness barbecue burger and an all-day Irish breakfast with eggs, sausages, rasher, black and white pudding, pan-roasted mushrooms and grilled tomato with toast. Rí Rá Las Vegas, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.

News Bytes

Alex Stratta on Bravo's Top Chef Masters
Alex Stratta, executive chef of Stratta at Wynn Las Vegas, is one of the contestants on season three of Bravo's Top Chef Masters. He's competing for his chosen charity, Faster Cures, which is part of the Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation. Stratta, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-2040, 888-320-WYNN.
BRIO Tuscan Grille Introduces New Spring Menu
BRIO Tuscan Grille will introduce a new menu beginning April 12 at its Town Square restaurant and at its newest location in Tivoli Village, opening Thursday, April 28. The menu will feature shrimp and chorizo bruschetta, strawberry chicken balsamic salad, and beef medallions with shrimp scampi, and other dishes. New brunch menu additions will be implemented as well. To make reservations for BRIO inside Tivoli Village, call 702- 433-1233 or for reservations at BRIO inside Town Square, call 702-914-9145. BRIO Tuscan Grille, Town Square, 6653 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-914-9145.
Andre’s at Monte Carlo Launches Whisky Wednesdays
Andre’s Monte Carlo hosts Whisky Wednesdays inside its cigar lounge beginning at 7 p.m. and concluding by 9 p.m. The price per person is $25 for unlimited tasting; extremely rare whiskies will also be available for an additional cost of $20 per station. For more information and a lineup of each week’s tasting, visit or call 702-798-7151. Andre’s Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
M Resort Spa Casino Offering Happy Hour 24/7
The M Resort Spa Casino is now offering a happy hour guarantee of $5 premium drinks, $3 bottled beers and one-third off all bottles of wine all day, every day. Included are top-shelf brands of alcohol such as Belvedere Vodka, Jose Cuervo and Captain Morgan, as well as all domestic and imported beers such as Guinness and Stella Artois. The offer is good at any of the resort’s nine bars, including those in its fine-dining restaurants. M Resort Spa Casino, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
Panevino Ristorante Introduces New Vegan and Vegetarian Specials
Panevino Ristorante has introduced several new vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, furthering the Italian restaurant’s commitment to healthy dining and catering to its guests’ dietary needs. Panevino’s executive chef Mario Andreoni created the specials, which include tortelloni tricolori (three-color tortelloni filled with roasted eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, asparagus, garlic and onion); orzo pasta salad (with cherry tomatoes, black olives, capers, basil, avocado, grilled asparagus, chopped parsley and extra virgin olive oil); and duo di burger di vegetali e brodo vegetale (vegetable burger made with eggplant, mashed potatoes, porcini and Portobello mushrooms, roasted yellow and red bell peppers and bread crumbs drizzled with white truffle oil). Additionally, any pasta selection can be customized to include gluten-free penne, spaghetti or risotto. Panevino Ristorante, Marnell Corporate Center, 246 Via Antonio Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-222-2400.
Tacos & Tequila Kicks Off Spring Break Fever Menu
Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor Hotel & Casino will offer its Spring Break Fever Menu through April 3 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. On the menu are six specialty tacos and six bottles of Sol Mexican beers for $29, $8 taquitos, $8 chicken quesadillas and one-half-pound of habanero hot wings for $10. Special pricing on drinks include $5 house-made casaritas, $5 bottles of Dos Equis and $3 jumbo Jello shots and a free refill with the purchase of a frozen beverage. Tacos & Tequila, Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-262-5225 .

Chef Shuffle

Vincent Schaefer has been named executive chef of the newly opened Rí Rá Las Vegas Irish pub. Schaefer recently spent four years as the fine-dining executive chef for Walt Disney World Resorts. Rí Rá Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, Shoppes at Mandalay Place , 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
Anthony Fusco, formerly of Mesa Grill and Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, is now the new chef de cuisine at RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-9300.


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