Pici Pasta in a Parmesan-Reggiano Cup, Naked City Pizza

Chris Palmieri steps outside of his pizza box to show off his chops with upscale Italian fare for his five-course Valentine’s Day menu (which he also offers for solo diners!). This second-course dish feature Palmeri’s house-made pasta with butter and basil, served in a vessel made of a cheese tuile. Dinner for two, $80, dinner for one, $45, in Moon Doggies, 3240 S. Arville St., 243-6277, NakedCityLV.com.

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