It’s the end of an era so full of flavor in Las Vegas that Artisanal Foods, 4860 S. Eastern Ave, has closed. Closet doors forever.
The original concept of artisanal foods was the brainchild of truffle whisperer Brett Ottolenghi, an expert connoisseur of esoteric spices and specialty food items. He owned and operated Artisanal Foods in a few valley locations, including the latter in Tropicana East Center.
Ottolenghi sold the company and the brand a few years ago, but it never seemed to gain much traction under the new ownership.
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Zeppola Café in the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner using cherished family recipes.
The breakfast menu includes ricotta pancakes served with berries and syrup. cremini mushroom omelette made with cremini mushrooms and fontina cheese; And Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict is made with two hard-boiled eggs, an English muffin, smoked salmon, capers and red onions.
The lunch menu includes Sicilian rice balls served with San Marzano tomato sauce and bruschetta made from crispy flatbread and cherry tomatoes.
Dinner includes homemade gnocchi with Grandma Eugenia’s secret sauce; Steak with chimichurri pesto sauce and grilled tomatoes; Handmade lasagna made with salmon, morni sauce, garlic and herbs.
At the bakery, diners can pick up delicious pastries, including pomboloni, a specialty Italian donut stuffed with cream and available in more than 10 different flavors.
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Food and drink venues have a significant presence in the $400 million UnCommons project in southwest Las Vegas. Last week, we reported on Chef Nicole Brisson’s new Amari and several other spots planned.
Some of the other dining venues slated to open on the project are an unnamed concept from Michael Mina, James Beard Award-winning chef; Tiki Tequileria (oh, that sounds killer) is called Todo Bien; and Urth Caffé, a craft coffee pioneer with a location in Wynn Las Vegas and six in Southern California.
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The Watermark Project in Henderson, whose restaurants we have been reporting on planned, has another project in progress. It’s called The Big Sipper (which can be anything from coffee to fancy milkshakes to giant pinot balloons). We’ll know more when we sit down with the developers in a few weeks.
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On Saturday, Tetsuya Wakuda, one of the world’s best chefs (with two Michelin stars), Wakuda made his debut at The Venetian. It’s the chef’s first restaurant in the US and it’s signature offering: omakase meals where diners put themselves in the chef’s hands to prepare the dishes of his choice.
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Starting in July, Waterfall Coffee & Cocktails will offer coffee, tea, pastries and snacks in the morning and Ketel One Botanical spritz in the afternoon and evening. The lush site will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Waterfall Lounge in Venice.
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Emerald Island Grille has been expanded. The 24/7 restaurant inside Emerald Island Casino in Henderson has added specials for breakfast, Sunday brunch, steakhouse on Saturdays, slaw smoked barbecue nights, Wednesday nights, as well as late night and morning specials Early.
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Jesse Ray’s BBQ is coming to Henderson at Boulder Highway and East Lake Maid Parkway. Management says it hopes to open by September.
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