Puck Tries Again

With six restaurants in Las Vegas and nearly 100 in other cities across the globe, Wolfgang Puck knows the recipe for culinary success. Still, his CityCenter debut, Brasserie Puck at Crystals, fell rather flat.

After a four-month existence, the café is no more, replaced on June 2 by a new Puck namesake: Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. The eatery retains its décor, but executive chef Dustin Lewandowski now channels Italy instead of France, focusing on traditional dishes, wood oven-baked pizzas and handmade pastas.

In addition to a revamped approach, Puck hopes to lure locals with a 20 percent discount at his renewed spot, as well as at Spago, Cut, Trattoria del Lupo, Postrio (food only, lunch and dinner, through Sept. 30).

Later this summer, Lewandowski joins Puck colleagues to present a free “Italian classics” culinary demonstration at Whole Foods in Summerlin, 8855 Charleston Blvd. The Aug. 19 event is part of a just-announced series presented by the upscale grocer and Puck’s Las Vegas restaurants. RSVP is required, 254-8655.