BON APPETIT…VEGAS FINE DINING DONE RIGHT
Las Vegas likes to overindulge in its entertainment and in its food, from its endless buffets to its fine dining. According to Leslie Frisbee, Editor-in-Chief of Las Vegas Magazine and Vegas2Go, “Las Vegas has always been known as the entertainment capital of the world but we’re also emerging as the retail capital of the world and also dining. There are more celebrity chefs here than anywhere else in the world. We’re the first to market celebrity chefs that have ever been outside of Europe.
“The economy has affected people most that were middle-of-the-road income,” Frisbee continues. “People who have a lot of money were still affected but still like those quality items. They really like that fine dining experience. And they’re still spending but they’re spending on quality as opposed to quantity.”
An expert in Vegas fine fare, Frisbee notes, “the biggest buzz right now is Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental. It’s such a unique dining experience so it’s really geared more towards that gourmet who really likes interesting taste and texture and nobody knows that better than Pierre. But also, at Aria is American Fish, a Michael Mina restaurant. Everybody I talk to, that’s their new favorite restaurant.”
NOVE ITALIANO AT PALMS
Redefining Italian dining with superb cuisine and a cutting edge atmosphere, NOVE Italiano at Palms, thanks in part to Executive Chef Geno Bernardo, turns out classic Italian fare with contemporary accents, including an extensive selection of seafood crudos, freshly made pastas, tableside Caesar salad, bistecca florentina, and fresh fish and shellfish. Located in the Palms' Fantasy Tower, NOVE Italiano (pronounced no-vay) offers a unique blend of classical and modern elements.
With a wonderful attention to detail, you’ll feel like royalty as the staff really takes great pride in making sure your fine dining experience is everything it should be.
We left our meal in the capable hands of Chef Geno and allowed him to choose his signature dishes…sheer brilliance on our part!
We started with the Shrimp Francaise that according to the menu will be the “best you ever had.” Light and fresh, it is delicious.
Next was the Grilled Octopus prepared with lemon and rosemary that offered a slight charred taste fresh from the grill.
That was followed by two delectable spoonfuls of Tuna Tartar that also came with toasted bread with a tasty mushroom spread that was wonderfully paired with a nice Pinot Noir.
The Caprese Salad, prepared with oven roasted Roma tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella di bufala and an 8-year-old Balsamic was out of this world! Simple yes but ever so savory.
Our entrees consisted of Pennette Alla Vodka (gulf shrimp, tomatoes and basil) marinated in the restaurant’s very own vodka mix offering a wonderful assortment of tastes from the rich sauce to the hearty pasta. Magnificent!
The Veal Nove, thinly sliced scaloppini, prosciutto, arugula and lemon, happens to be my favorite dish from my favorite L.A. restaurant Dan Tana’s, so my expectations of this dish are high to say the least. Incredibly satisfying, it did fall just shy of Dan Tana’s signature dish, but then it is the best old school joint in town for a reason.
And kudos to Chef Geno for raising his own veggies from his very own Vegas farm as his Broccolini was splendid and a served as a wonderful side with our entrees.
Dessert, because you can’t forget dessert, was a rich and decadent Chocolate Ganache spread over toasted bread. The tasty icing made of chocolate and cream heated and stirred together, often used also as a filling for cakes or pastry, was wonderfully paired with Chicca, an Italian ale brewed with Guatemalan Coffee beans that really brought everything to life.
And according to Leslie Frisbee, Editor-in-Chief of Las Vegas Magazine and Vegas2Go, “NOVE just launched its High Society Sundays that is a crazy party atmosphere but with Chef Geno’s fare. The food is some of the best in the city.”
If you’re not doing your entire Vegas trip on a budget, treat yourself right and indulge. This is what living is all about.
NOVE Italiano at Palms is open weekdays 5:30 – 10 p.m. and weekends, 5:30 – 11 p.m. Lounge opens at 5 p.m. seven days a week. Call 702-942-6800 to make reservations.
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