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October 2021 Archive

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If you haven't picked a place to eat tonight, you're in luck. Gayot has all the restaurant news for your area right here. Learn which new restaurants have opened in Las Vegas and which restaurants in Las Vegas have recently closed. Find out where your favorite chefs are cooking and locate special events. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Via Focaccia, a new artisan sandwich shop, is now open at Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, located on the casino floor. The menu focuses on fresh Italian ingredients and traditional preparations, with all sandwiches served on fresh focaccia made daily onsite, and many of the dishes inspired by Sicilian chef Ismaele Romano’s meals with his family in Italy as a young boy. Chef Romano was this year’s World Sandwich Champion of the 2021 International Pizza Expo and was previously with Good Pie in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, Contento Pizzeria at Jerry’s Nugget and Eataly at Park MGM. In addition to chef Romano’s creations, Ellis Island has partnered with Carl’s Donuts for unique flavors with Italian flare, offering flavors such as tiramisu, lemon curd and Nutella, as well as seasonal varieties, which will be available in addition to savory pastries and treats. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily with breakfast served 9–11 a.m. Via Focaccia, 4178 Koval Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-794-0888.
 
Chef Bobby Flay and Caesars Entertainment have announced plans to expand Flay’s fast-casual brand, Bobby’s Burgers, to two new locations on the Las Vegas Strip: at Harrah’s Las Vegas, slated to open by Dec. 2021 located in Fulton Street Food Hall; and Paris Las Vegas, anticipated to open March 2022 in the Le Boulevard area, adjacent to the coming-soon Nobu Restaurant & Lounge. The menu at the two new locations will feature Flay’s original recipes offering signature burgers (such as the crunchburger topped with bacon, American cheese and potato chips; Bobby blue + bacon burger topped with blue cheese sauce and bacon; and Bobby’s veggie burger with barbecue mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa, lettuce and tomato), fries with a variety of toppings and dipping sauces and creamy milkshakes (including vanilla bean, dark chocolate, cookies + cream, strawberry and pistachio). Additionally, the Harrah’s location will offer breakfast options. Bobby’s Burgers, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
 
Tacos & Tequila (T&T), which enjoyed more than a decade of success at the Luxor on the Vegas Strip, will return to Las Vegas with a new restaurant at Palace Station. Opening later this year in the space formerly occupied by Little Tony’s, the new T&T is part of Palace Station’s two-year revamp. Menu highlights include #1 Alambre made with filet mignon, applewood smoked bacon, Oaxaca cheese, poblano chili, onion and cilantro served on a corn tortilla; shrimp quesadilla made with grilled shrimp, black beans, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, crema fresca and avocado wrapped in a flour tortilla; and beef barbacoa enchiladas made with slow-roasted brisket, roasted Guajillo-tomato sauce, gouda, Oaxaca and jack cheese, pickled onion and sour cream with corn tortillas. Signature cocktails include hand-crafted margaritas like the T&T top shelf with pineapple chipotle, strawberry agave and pomegranate acai; and an extensive list of more than 100 different tequila selections. Tacos & Tequila, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
 

News Bytes

SUSHISAMBA Unveils New Tree Bar & Lounge
SUSHISAMBA, the restaurant in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo/Venetian known for its blend of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, has unveiled its new Tree Bar & Lounge. The new addition at the restaurant's entrance expands the bar area by 1,500 square feet and adds 60 seats. A banyan tree illuminated by lights extends from the center of one end of the curved bar and a canopy of orange leaves wraps around to form a ceiling of leaves. A special menu exclusive to the Tree Bar includes Peruvian-style chilled mussels; smoked Wagyuni with A5 Wagyu, uni and white truffle oil; lobster seviche with sweet potato, Peruvian corn and coconut leche de tigre; dessert box containing 16 bites of an assortment of delights such as Brazilian chocolate truffles, chocolate bon bons, fruit jelly, macaroons and green tea cream puffs; and cocktails such as the Tom Yam with Hendrick’s gin, cilantro infusion, chili, lemongrass and lime leaf. SUSHISAMBA, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-0700.
 
Piero’s Italian Cuisine Hosting All-Inclusive Raiders Tailgate Parties
Piero’s Italian Cuisine is hosting all-inclusive tailgate parties for the remainder of the Las Vegas Raiders home games during the 2021-22 football season. Priced at $150 per person, for the games on Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 26 and Jan. 9, starting at 10 a.m. football fans can fuel up with a selection of breakfast items and an open bar serving beer, wine, well cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and water. Following the tailgate, a private charter will transport guests to Allegiant Stadium and bring them back to the restaurant after the game. As the Nov. 14 game is a night game, Piero’s will host a special tailgate social for the game priced at $100 per person, and guests will have the option to enjoy the game inside Piero’s on its six 50-plus inch TVs, outside on a projector screen or be transported to the stadium via private charter for an additional $150. Piero’s Italian Cuisine, 355 Convention Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-369-2305.
 
¡VIVA! Serving Weekend Brunch
¡VIVA! at Resorts World Las Vegas has launched a weekend brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu, created by chef Ray Garcia, features Mexican brunch classics like chorizo con huevos—pork chorizo, scrambled eggs, refried lentils, fingerling potatoes and flour tortillas; chilaquiles—heirloom corn tortilla chips, sunny side up eggs, rancho salsa and queso fresco; pozole—heritage pork, heirloom hominy, guajillo chile broth, radish and cabbage; huevos rancheros—cheese gordita, sunny side up eggs, ranchero salsa and salsa verde; breakfast burrito with applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, tater tots, cheddar cheese, guacamole and salsa tatemada; and coliflór al pastor tacos—roasted cauliflower, cashew crema and grilled pineapple. Beverage options include bottomless roja or blanca Sangria; a flight of five margaritas including the ¡VIVA-Rita!, spicy cucumber, watermelon, passion fruit and mango; and orange, mango and watermelon mimosas. ¡VIVA!, 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-676-7000.
 
La Cave Introduces Several New Menu Items
Executive chef Billy DeMarco has added several new and revamped items to his modern American small plates menu at La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas. The new renditions include salmon sashimi tostada with pickled red onion sesame soy dressing; wild salmon with broccolini, lemon and caper; Prime flat iron steak served with crushed fingerling potato and au poivre sauce; shrimp with potato, piquillo pepper, cilantro and roasted garlic; Chilean sea bass cacciatore style with tomato, Castelvetrano olives and roasted peppers; mini burger with chipotle BBQ, bacon onion marmalade and cheese; and seared ahi tuna with cream spinach and port wine reduction. There are also numerous vegetarian additions, such as fettuccine cacio e pepe with horseradish and toasted breadcrumb; eggplant Parmesan flatbread with cherry pepper and ricotta; crispy Brussels sprout with gochujang; and warm salt-roasted beet with whipped goat cheese and pistachio. La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7375.
 
MGM Resorts Offering Football Tailgate Experience for Raiders and UNLV Home Football Games
MGM Resorts and Bud Light have partnered to introduce the Bud Light Beer Garden, a football tailgate experience before, during and after all Raiders and UNLV home football games. Situated on the Vegas Strip situated at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Hacienda Ave., the 130,000-square-foot immersive space offers complimentary admission, is within walking distance to Allegiant Stadium and opens four hours prior to each game and remains open until the game’s conclusion. The Garden features food and beverage from International Smoke by Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry, Diablo’s Cantina, Public House and Beerhaus; the games livestreamed on several large screens; interactive football challenges; life-sized Jenga and chess; live DJ entertainment; sports-betting; and special appearances by professional sports legends. A VIP all-you-can-eat-and-drink package is $99 and includes a buffet with stadium favorites and unlimited drinks starting three hours before the game until kickoff. For more details visit here.
 
Brezza Serving Weekend Brunch
Brezza at Resorts World is now offering weekend brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30-3:30 p.m., featuring creative dishes from renowned chef Nicole Brisson. The menu includes dishes such as caviar gnocco frito with creme fraiche, chives and shallot; grilled octopus with celery heart, Fresno chili and potato; farmhouse tart with sausage, mushrooms, walnuts and fontina; cod-potato cake with caper aioli, soft scrambled eggs and herb salad; zucchini crepes with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato; and semolino budino with lemon, berries and Cointreau whipped cream. Beverage options include mocktails, cocktails and build-your-own mimosa and bellini with fresh-squeezed orange juice, white peach and passionfruit purees; and Diane Mina’s Garden Grown Blends, an artisanal bloody Mary mix (created by chef Michael Mina’s wife) that pairs with vodka, gin, tequila or bourbon. Brezza, Resorts World, 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 115, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-676-6014.
 

Chef Shuffle

Locale Italian Kitchen in Mountain’s Edge has announced the addition of chef Leo Barrera to the role of executive chef. Chef Barrera became one of the youngest executive chefs in Las Vegas in 2014 at the age of 20 and went on to develop his culinary skills in Los Angeles at BBCM (The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker) and in Las Vegas at the The Cosmopolitan and The Stirling Club. Chef Barrera has introduced several new menu items for the fall season, including cavatelli with butternut squash, orecchiette (braised short rib with mushrooms), fig & bleu cheese pizza, American wagyu flat iron steak, braised beef short rib with red wine jus, pan-seared salmon with roasted tomato puree, seared U-10 diver scallops and rigatoni alla vodka with creamy tomato sauce. Locale Italian Kitchen, 7995 Blue Diamond Rd., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-330-0404.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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After a 15-year run, the iconic Rao’s at Caesars Palace has announced it will be closing the location after service on Sunday, November 28. The Las Vegas Rao’s location was the second and much larger outlet for the Italian restaurant from East Harlem that opened in 1896 with seating for only 40 guests. Rao’s co-owners, Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci, provided the following statement: “When we opened Rao's Caesars Palace in December of 2006, we didn't fully understand the impact it would have on all of our lives. Nearly 15 years later, as we prepare to close these doors for the final time, we are filled with a variety of emotions and will always look back and cherish the memories made within these walls. While our future in Las Vegas is not yet decided, we are very excited about the possibilities of what lies ahead.” Rao's, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7267.
 

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