Back at Table, fall for Andre’s, Myers’ best pizza and Desert Hops

Project Dinner Table has become one of our city’s premier food events, and the dinner series kicks off its fall lineup with Nove Italiano’s chef Geno Bernardo at the helm Sept. 10. This is your chance to dine with artisans, restaurateurs, local community members and farmers. Benefits from the dinner go to the Animal Foundation. Bernardo is known for his rustic Italian cooking at Nove, atop the Palms—crudo, thin-crust pizzas and Sunday gravy. It will be held at the outdoor space of the El Cortez Hotel, the Jackie Gaughan Plaza. $140 per person,

In further keeping with the spirit of fall, Andre’s at the Monte Carlo has launched a seasonal bistro menu, chock-full of rustic favorites such as duck confit salad with frisée and poached egg, pork belly with country lentils, and braised lamb shank with flageolet beans. This is the sort of country French food I can’t resist and that Vegas doesn’t have enough of. Call 798-7151 for a reservation.

Foodies can’t get enough of rustic Italian, either, and though we have great pizza, at places such as Henderson’s Settebello Pizzeria Napolitana, and peasant-y Italian dishes at places like B&B, we don’t seem to have many places that do both.

That’s why I was so enamored of my dinner at Pizzeria Ortica (650 Anton Blvd., 714-455-4900) in South Coast Plaza, the legendary Orange County, Calif., shopping center. It belongs to chef David Myers of Comme Ça in the Cosmopolitan.

The menu there soars on the wings of dishes like Monterey Bay sardines preserved with vinegar and onions, pappardelle pasta with lamb ragu, Brussels sprouts tossed with bread crumbs and hazelnuts, and chicken cooked under a brick. Pizzas are cooked in a wood oven and have those blistery crusts and blackened bottoms you get in Italy.

On these shores, Station Casinos has launched its version of the surf-and-turf special by offering a 6-ounce Prime sirloin and 4-ounce lobster tail for $20. This strikes me as a good deal, and is available at seven Station steak houses, including Austin’s at Texas Station and Sonoma Cellar at Sunset Station.

Finally, come one, come all, to Vegas Seven’s inaugural Desert Hops Beer Fest, to be held 6-10 p.m. Sept. 10 in Green Valley Ranch’s Backyard concert venue. More than 150 beers from every corner of the world will be poured, including Canada’s Unibroue, Dogfish Head Brewery of Milton, Del., and Brewery St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium.

GVR restaurants such as Hank’s and Sushi Sake will provide the grub. Pre-sale tickets are $30. For info, visit

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