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Did you know Mirage had a tasty (we mean really tasty) Italian restaurant? We had no idea until a recent public relations push for Portofino. After Onda closed, Portofino made its quiet entrance into the Las Vegas dining scene and is now gaining speed along with positive reviews. That $100 lasagna stunt didn’t hurt, either.
Though that delicious dish ended in December, the restaurant is certainly worth your time. Chef Michael LaPlaca puts a modern spin on traditional Italian cuisine. While he was eager to be inventive with the menu, this is still a casino restaurant and thus the menu must appeal to middle America. The masses want chicken parm but Chef LaPlaca instead does a Chicken Rollatini Parmesan ($35) featuring a chicken breast stuffed with ground dark meat chicken for a rich and unique flavor that gives you the crispy-coated chicken you were expecting along with a surprise inside. The dish is served with a tasty marinara sauce, plenty of cheese and delicious spinach.
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We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.
Just before Thanksgiving, Carnegie Deli at The Mirage quietly closed for a remodel. It reopened in December, but what we thought was just a decor makeover happens to be much more. As VegasChatter member file1040 relates (and, yes, he is a CPA), the transformation came with some unexpected changes, and not necessarily for the better:
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Thanks for joining us on the last day of the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards.
While all of our awards are based on our personal experiences, we would be nothing without all the Vegas visitors, lovers and locals who send us tips, share personal stories, dish on gossip, ask us questions, and most of all, who comment -- whether they agree with us or not. You always keep us entertained and on our toes and we hope it's a two-way street. Keep it up in 2015!
No matter where you stay, what you do or who you see, we wanna know how you spent your time in Vegas. Here's how to fill us in:
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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
For the longest time, whenever someone asked us to point them to the best sportsbook in town, we were like, bam! Lagasse's Stadium. But, this year, we started crushin' on another venue right across the Strip. It was older, but knew just how to make us happy. And now, we're ready to pledge our love publicly.
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Not all Vegas hotel porte cocheres are created equally. Sometimes, you can leave your car with valet, grab your bags and quickly get where you need to go. Sometimes valet is on the opposite side of the property and entirely inconvenient for your visit. It's not fun lugging yourself through the casino until you get to whichever part of the property you want to be in. Here are some valet tips for visitors who prefer to drive themselves, but don't know Vegas quite as well as they'd like to yet:
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One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.
The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.
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When a dish costs $100 by itself, you probably expect angels to start singing spontaneously when you take your first bite. Or, for it to be brought out on a unicorn. Neither of those things happen with the Diamond and Gold Lasagna at Portofino in The Mirage, but perhaps our expectations were unreasonable with the unicorn and all. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a delicious dish. Is it worth a hundy? Well, that’s for your dining budget to decide. It’s easy to say there’s not much worth that high price, but for the discerning palate, with the luxury budget to match, it’s certainly worth your time.
I'm often a victim of ridiculously high expectations. Sometimes, the idea of something gets so built up ahead of time that it has no chance to hold up in reality. This was sort of the case when I tried this limited time dish likely meant more for the press than the palate. They’re definitely going for the attention-grabbing headlines this dish will inspire, but it shouldn’t detract from the high-caliber ingredients and excellent execution.
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Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:
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Do you know what a turducken is? Unless you’re a football fan, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the most popular form of engastration. That's a method of cooking where one animal is stuffed inside another.
The Turducken became popular thanks to John Madden. (Read how it started, in his own words, here.) First, let's break down a "traditional" turducken, in case you don't know:
Tur is for Turkey
Duck is for Duck
En is for Chicken
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The buffet has raised its pricing for adults. The new pricing structure is cited below. Admission for children stayed the same from what we can tell. Adult entry went up two dollars for the most part. The weekend champagne brunch, however, saw a $7 increase. Tiered pricing also was created for dinner, depending on the day of the week.
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@vegaschatter Any word on Morimoto at Mirage? Last I saw was that it was supposed to happen earlier this year.— Brian Spittler (@brianspittler) October 14, 2014
@chef_morimoto Going to be in Vegas in December, will you be open at the Mirage by then?— Flava Dav (@theflavadav) October 17, 2014