Chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, who have both made careers of introducing Italian regional cuisine to bicoastal diners, have opened Carnevino — an American steakhouse with an Italian twist — in Las Vegas.
The restaurant is located in the swank Palazzo resort adjacent to the Venetian, where Batali and Bastianich also preside over Italian-themed eateries B&B Ristorante and Enoteca San Marco. Carnevino's interior is modeled after an ornate Roman villa, with 16-foot-high ceilings and generous marble and wood accents.
Carnevino, which is a combination of the Italian words carne (meat) and vino (wine), marries high-quality American beef, lamb and pork with an old- and new-world wine list. And the menu is indeed American steakhouse gone Italiano. The house-aged steaks are rubbed in a traditional Tuscan blend of sea salt, black pepper and rosemary before charring. The restaurant also serves an array of antipasti and regional pasta dishes such as pappardelle with porcini mushroom trifolati ($39) and cannelloni with duck and amarone ($35).
Carnevino at the Palazzo, 3265 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-789-4141. Open daily for dinner, 5:30-11 p.m.
The 40/40 Club located in the swank new Palazzo hopes to attract fans of both fashion and sport.
For fashion credibility, the 40/40 Club is located in the hotel's shopping arcade, a stone's throw from Barneys New York. And the bar also can lay claim as the only sports lounge with a 24-karat gold and platinum floor, with a motif inspired by a Gucci chain.
The only fixtures that holler "sports bar" are 40/40's 85 plasma sets tuned into ESPN and major sporting events.
Owners Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez strove for an environment more VIP than MVP. The 24,000-square-foot space has sleek Ultra Suede banquettes topped with some 14,000 pillows, a dance floor and five private lounges.
40/40's extensive cocktail menu offers inventive drinks like the Vegas Snow Cone (a blend of cherry vodka, Malibu rum and watermelon schnapps) as well as Champagne and top-shelf spirits.