Mini Duck Tacos, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

While the pizzas are always fantastic at this popular pizza joint, it’s the Mediterranean-inspired dishes that keep the menu interesting. Flavorful mini-duck tacos feature duck filet topped with feta, tomatoes and cabbage and a zingy tomato-cilantro sauce—all served in a cute little taco shell that makes this finger-food a great starter for the table.

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Risotto Primavera, Rao’s

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Risotto Primavera, Rao’s

By Grace Bascos

The trick to a good risotto is constant stirring. The Italian gourmand Giacomo Bologna once famously said, “When you can count the number of grains of rice in your mouth, the risotto is done properly.” Rao’s chef de cuisine Nicole Grimes serves her risotto in a round, stainless steel dish. The Primavera—laden with spinach, carrot and zucchini—is light, buttery and near perfection. $29, in Caesars Palace, 731-7267.

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