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Italian dining in Las Vegas gets regional at Ago in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Chef and partner Agostino Sciandri has been dishing Tuscan and northern Italian trattoria favorites in Los Angeles for two decades. The Las Vegas location is Sciandri's third Ago outpost after West Hollywood and Miami (a fourth Ago is slated to open in New York in March) and has its official grand opening scheduled for late February, timed to coincide with the restaurant's 10-year anniversary in the City of Angels.
The dining area at the Las Vegas Ago is simple and elegant with Murano-glass chandeliers, white tablecloths and dark wood accents. The restaurant's lounge features a ceiling of hanging globe lights over comfortable cappuccino-colored sectional seating.
"The lounge in Vegas is ideal for a pre-dinner cocktail and the open-show kitchen allows guests to fully experience all parts of the meal," said Sciandri.
Ago's Tuscan cuisine features dishes such as bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style steak), burrata con fagiolini (fresh mozzarella with string beans) and tagliatelle al ragu antico (egg pasta with traditional ragu sauce).
And of course, the wine list is filled with regional specialties including Chianti and super-Tuscans.
Ago at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Road; 702-693-4440. Open daily for dinner, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
For those who can't end a night out without stompin' at the Savoy, discotheque Privé brings the energy of South Beach nightlife to Las Vegas.
Privé is the first nightclub in the West from the Miami-based Opium Group (whose other operations include Privé, Mansion and SET). The 12,000-square-foot Las Vegas location is infused with South Beach chic from its Pucci-esque banquettes to its crystal chandeliers and 350-square-foot Brazilian cherrywood dance floor. Guests ride an elevator up to an archway made from Makassar ebony and lit by shimmering crystal garlands. And Privé's rendezvous area is marked by a dramatic 15-foot-high black lacquer lamp with a cascading crystal shade.