Mobbed-up ambiance, Dad’s sandwich shop and an All-Star weekend

If you’re in the mood for a fun experience, visit Capo’s Italian Steakhouse (5675 W. Sahara Ave., 364-2276), where the specialty is retro Italian. Now that the Liberace Museum is no more, this is about as kitsch as it gets in this town.

Enter through a phone booth and be greeted by a made guy in a black suit. The dining room is kept dark, so you won’t be recognized, and it’s furnished with black leather booths. Most nights a singer does Bennett and Sinatra standards.

The menu runs to Italian-sausage-stuffed banana peppers, stuffed mushroom caps, shrimp scampi, pasta e fagioli soup and Italian-style steaks. I’m told the homemade tiramisu for dessert is, er, a killer.

Meanwhile, at Dad’s Grilled Cheese (5255 S. Decatur Blvd., 247-6640), you can eat sandwiches with names like The Godfather (it’s a grilled salami and cheese, for the record).

It’s not just about grilled cheese at this sandwich shop. The Count is a classic Monte Cristo stuffed with ham and turkey on delicious egg-battered toast, and The Executive is a grilled three-cheese sandwich embellished with onions, tomatoes, avocado and mushroom. The one caveat is that the kitchen tends to get backed up during the lunch hour.

Moving upscale, legendary chef Jean Joho was in town recently to cook a menu he paired with wines at his Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Home-smoked trout, sea bass with smoked quinoa and slow-roasted wild salmon were just a few of his creations, and the wines came from his native Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône.

This event again proved that Eiffel Tower is one of the best restaurants in town, in spite of the tourists. If you go, I recommend the beef Wellington—this is one of the only places in town to get it—and Peeky Toe crab salad. Reservations are essential: 948-6937.

Finally, gear up for one of the year’s most exciting food events. It’s the inaugural Food & Wine All-Star Weekend, Nov. 5-7 at Bellagio, Aria and Vdara. It will be hosted by Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons and feature a galaxy of culinary stars such as Bravo’s Top Chef contestants Jennifer Carroll, Carla Hall and Stephen Hopcraft, plus an array of Vegas celebrity chefs such as Rick Moonen and Hubert Keller.

The event will culminate with an All-Star Tasting poolside at Aria featuring the hotel’s signature restaurants: Jean Georges Steakhouse, American Fish, Sirio Ristorante, Julian Serrano, Bar Masa and Sage. For tickets and information, visit

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