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Surprisingly, this writer doesn't have a go to Italian joint on The Strip. Sure, there are spots that satisfy while others are fantastic but pricey, just another chain, or downright disappointing. When that Italian craving hits, we more often than not venture just off or way off Strip. So, when word of a new, original restaurant coming to Palazzo hit, we were optimistic but skeptical. Especially, when it would be taking over one of our go-to restaurants, First Food and Bar. The doubts only increased after learning the Italian vision was coming from a cake guy.
But, then one of our own stumbled into opening day at Buddy V's and, from the first moment we laid eyes on Buddy Valastro's Macaroni & Cheese Carbonara, a crush was born. But, before proclaiming that crush was amore, a proper dinner experience would be in order. Twist our arm.
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The club that fought in court to stay open has closed, anyway.
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The fine dining Bouchon has been a must-dine destination at the resorts for years just like the satellite crowd-pleaser Bouchon Bakery. But, recently (using that term very loosely), they've added not one but two additional Bouchon outposts. Or, rather Bouchon bakeries.
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Just as we were questioning the continued popularity of all these
damn candy shops, we have a new one to report. But, this one has captured our heart instead of our cynicism by showing a shared affinity for a certain spiny desert inhabitant.
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The fine dining Italian restaurant, located at a
chaotic busy cross-section where the resort's casino floor ends and restaurant row begins, will close after one final night of service on November 4. Its shutter, however, is no surprise. It's been an open-secret around town since March. Although, at one time, it was expected to occur in June.
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Fat Tuesday is now open inside the resorts, setting up shop just steps from TAO. This makes location number eight on The Strip for the specialty daiquiri chain. Sister outlets can be found at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Stratosphere, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, The Quad and Casino Royale.
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A year ago, we culled a list of 15 spots, surprisingly, still open. A list partial tongue-in-cheek, partial kudos and a whole lotta shock. In drafting a 2013 follow-up, if
Mr. Pappagiorgio hadn't taken a vacation and we'd published just two weeks ago, we would've looked like bonafide geniuses. Goretorium and Heraea are two spots that would've topped the list and have just shut their doors. The Las Vegas Zoo may have even made the cut if we'd looked far enough away from The Strip and downtown. Timing is everything, after all. But, we're up to a challenge and are ready to callout less easy pickin's.
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Happenstance brought us to the first restaurant by reality TV's Cake Boss on opening day (really, we didn't plan it) and had us leaving with three containers of leftovers upon departure. To say we enjoyed it would be to understate things, but since the restaurant was in its opening minutes, we'll leave a full review to another day. For now, we present a cornucopia of food porn, from starters to dessert.
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If you've ever wondered how long it would take to fill up Venetian's indoor canals, we now have the answer. About three days.
The resort's canals went dry in early September for routine maintenance and weren't expected to reopen for gondola rides until October 8. But, a hard-working staff completed the project ahead of schedule and began refilling the waterways Saturday night. They reopened this morning at 10 a.m.
G2E, the Global Gaming Expo, is a spectacle of casino goodness. Wading through rows of slot machines, table games, ATM machines, entertainers, food and beverage is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. After a while, though, everything begins to blend together and the expo is reduced to only two things. Everything that isnít a slot machine. And, everything that is. Themes are gone. Sounds all become one. What started as a slew of amazing, individual casino nuggets becomes a blob of the same. That is except for one game --†Titan 360 by Konami Gaming.
Titan 360 is unlike every other game on the Sands Expo Center floor. Itís a 12-foot-high monster of a slot machine worthy of the name Titan and seats six to eight people. The Titan 360 isnít just big, itís loud. All of those slot machines playing at once would be loud in any small area. The addition of a giant cylinder bonus feature in the center of the slot makes it even louder. The game speaks so loudly that everyone playing can clearly hear it, no matter who itís speaking to. The bonus feature spits out a large metal ball which must fall into a slot, similar to a gigantic roulette wheel, to decide your bonus win. The wheel spins, the ball bounces, the lights flash and the game cheers when the bonus is activated. The bonus ball can win $10, $20 or a mystery bonus depending where it lands.
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He makes cake like a boss on the east coast and, starting October 7, reality TV star baker Buddy Valastro will bring a bit of Jersey to Venice. That's the official date set for the debut of Buddy V's at Venetian/Palazzo, an Italian-American restaurant concept.
The theme (yes, the press release touts a theme) is "raviolis to cannolis." Normally, this is where we would roll our eyes, but instead, this dining spot has our full attention. Not due to the rhyme, but because of who Buddy is teaming up with in the kitchen -- local restauranteurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla. Together, they brought us the much (and still) raved about off Strip eatery, Honey Salt, last year. And, before that, Chef Kim helmed Society Cafe at Wynn/Encore. And, if you haven't heard, they'll also have a hand in the food at Downtown Grand.
Here's something you don't see every day in Vegas. The Venetian's indoor canals with nary a drop of water inside.
Our sammasseur was visiting the resort last night when he came across the find and snapped these compelling images. It's interesting to note the paint color at the bottom of the canals. Those sparkling blue waters we would normally find receive a bit of little-known help.