Heart and Sole

Aria offers three multi-course dinners for lovers in February

The way to your lover’s heart is through his or her stomach. Or so says Aria, which will present three signature seasonal tasting menus throughout the property in February. And each is less than $100 per person, allowing you to spoil your lover to your heart’s—and wallet’s—content.

American Fish by Michael Mina will offer a four-course meal ($85) featuring Dungeness crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and Mina’s famous lobster pot pie. Complete the meal by sharing a root beer float or bananas Foster for two. Awwww.

At Sirio Ristorante, executive chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia’s distinctive five-course Tuscan feast ($89) begins with a raw seafood trio and proceeds to beet and mascarpone cheese-filled ravioli topped with black truffle shavings, pan-seared porcini-dusted turbot filet and a roasted pheasant breast with leg confit. Warm lemon almond cake makes for a nice finale.

Finally, a five-course menu ($95) at Jean Georges Steakhouse spotlights beef from Rangers Valley in Brisbane, Australia. The Angus 300 beef will be prepared in four cooking styles: hand-cut Wagyu steak tartar, charred chili-rubbed rib eye skewers, braised short rib and a 21-day dry-aged grilled New York strip steak (pictured). 877-253-5847, arialasvegas.com/dining/specialty-dining.aspx

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