“I’ve never had a restaurant where I’ve had to do so little cooking,” uber-chef Paul Bartolotta told us recently. “Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare is all about sourcing ingredients.” And that’s why the Milwaukee-born chef, who is fluent in his ancestral Italian, travels to Italy several times a year: to maintain relationships with the fishermen who supply his restaurant with a veritable ark of fresh fish, most of which he refers to by their Italian names. There’s scorfano, triglie bianche and even baleni, the goose barnacles that are so hard to come by in Europe that Bartolotta regularly flies into Las Vegas. Cooking can soar here, but it is best when simple, such as a fritto misto with seven types of fish, those goose barnacles (which you break open and suck) or flavorful homemade spaghetti with bottarga di muggine (the caviar-like roe of the Sardinian gray mullet). It’s safe to say that there’s no other restaurant like this one in the country. Perhaps not in Italy, either.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.