Diner's Notebook

Pizza meets Asian fusion, a foodie Thanksgiving and the Musical Chef era

Mark DiMartino’s new restaurant concept, Pizza Buddha, opened recently in Henderson (2520 Horizon Ridge Parkway, 558-5039). DiMartino, who comes from a restaurant family, has previously been associated with such places as the Tillerman, the Slanted Clam and the Tilted Kilt, the latter now a franchise with more than 80 locations.

This was a concept developed with an eye toward franchising as well. Pizza and fusion-y appetizers are served in an Asian-themed environment: masks, statuary and an abundance of Asian art. Among menu items to try are Chely Chao’s chicken (a slow-roasted half chicken served Buffalo-style with slaw), the terrific roasted beet salad with crispy eggplant and the sumptuous pasta dumplings.

Brick-oven pizzas have crisp crusts and interesting toppings, anything from crumbled egg to pancetta and baby clam. As a bonus, DiMartino has amassed an eclectic beverage menu, with beers such as Peroni on tap and Spanish garnachas for those who fancy red wine with red sauce.

Meanwhile, at Wynn, the cat’s out of the bag as to the name chosen for the space that formerly housed the late and not especially lamented Switch. The massive 6,194-square-foot space will be called Andrea’s after Mr. Wynn’s wife, and will do double duty as a restaurant and lounge, continuing the “vibe dining” trend and introducing the notion of the “musical chef,” in reference to DJ/producer Steve Angello, who will create the mix for the early-hour music.

The dining room will seat 155, and food will be cooked in an exhibition kitchen—mostly Asian fare such as dim sum, seafood and noodles. Andrea’s will open nightly at 5 p.m. and stay open until 2 a.m. Stay tuned for details on when the restaurant will open.

Get ready to spend the holidays with Block 16. Public House in the Venetian is featuring a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu for $48 per person, with the option of adding beer pairings for an additional $14. Dishes include butternut and cider soup with crispy sage; IPA-brined turkey with chestnut stuffing; and crispy pumpkin raviolis with brown-sugar ice cream.

And over at the Royal Resort, the group’s fancy-schmancy dinner house, the Barrymore, is offering two options for Thanksgiving: a plated dinner for $48 per person or a family-style spread for six or more at $58 per person. Both dinners offer wine pairings for an additional $23 per person. For more Thanksgiving dining options, see Page 65.

Finally, McCall’s Heartland Grill (380-7777) has debuted at the Stratosphere, part of a long-term overhaul of the hotel. (Top of the World will be undergoing extensive renovations soon as well.) The restaurant will offer American comfort foods in a “cowboy chic” atmosphere. Expect some surprises from the hotel’s talented executive chef, Rick Giffen.

Hungry, yet?

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