Thursday 09 February, 2012

Ping Pang Pong: More Bounce To The Ounce

Sometimes when you run a steady, sturdy ship it’s easy to get overlooked relative to newer, flashier restaurants with more marketing money. Such might be the case for Ping Pang Pong, perhaps one of the few perennial winners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best Of Vegas” that actually deserves it. Both local and national critics [...]

Saturday 21 January, 2012

Successful Simplicity on the Strip: Morel’s, d.vino

I rarely feel compelled to promote corporate brands, but I recently enjoyed tastings at two restaurants in Las Vegas, both of which happen to be somewhat “under the radar;” happen to offer price points slightly below their quality might call for; and happen to be operated by the Los Angeles-based MCC Hospitality Group. It can’t [...]

Thursday 19 January, 2012

Twice As Nice: Double Helix in Town Square

The Palazzo’s Double Helix has long been one of my favorite wine destinations on the Las Vegas Strip: it was one of the first to have an extensive by-the-glass selection, and with owner Ray Nisi frequently on premises, it’s also always had a very well trained and knowledgeable bar staff–regrettably still a rarity. It also [...]

Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Getting Reacquainted with Social House

Social House, originally at Treasure Island, has been re-opened inside Crystals at City Center for some months now, though it’s been somewhat under the radar since, and I’ve been tardy in having a proper meal there myself. It was my loss: Social House is easily the strongest culinary destination in Crystals, and even though Elevado [...]

Sunday 15 January, 2012

VIDEO: Top Ten Food Experiences at Aria, City Center

While some might have enjoyed merely rubbing shoulders with Gail Simmons and the many Top Chef “Cheftestants,” this past weekend’s Food + Wine All-Star Weekend was a reminder of one important thing: Aria, City Center is one of the strongest destinations on the Las Vegas Strip for fine dining. Of all the restaurants represented at [...]

Sunday 15 January, 2012

The Holy Grail of “Pizza Napoletana”

Authentic. Anyone who follows me at all knows this is my (least) favorite word in the food lexicon. “Authentic” is not only in the eye of the beholder (who typically has inaccurate perceptions) but also implies that adhering to an older style lends food some kind of extra “legitimacy.” Of course, any true student of [...]

Saturday 14 January, 2012

Belly up to the Counter at Scarpetta BH

Like many star chef restaurants, nearly all the outlets of Scott Conant’s ever-expanding Scarpetta empire—including Miami, Toronto and Las Vegas—offer luxe kitchen-adjacent “Chef’s Table” dining rooms. And Scarpetta Beverly Hills, located within the Montage hotel, is no different. As a matter of fact, on the night I visit, comedian George Lopez, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio [...]