The meat program, Italian dishes and amazing house-cured meats have vaulted this Palazzo restaurant above the competition this year, not to mention the encyclopedic list of boutique Italian wines, the knowledgeable servers who can describe this food like a mother bragging about her newborn child, and a spacious, relaxed dining room divided into four distinct areas. Chef Nicole Brisson’s incredible burger, found on the Lunch & Late Night menu, is alone worth the trip. The fresh pastas—particularly specials such as the oh-so-delicate short-rib-stuffed ravioli—are unmatched by anyone in the city. Carnevino has a number of steaks aged up to seven months, procured by superstar New York butcher Adam Perry Lang, and the result is meat that is nutty, intense and delicious, especially when eaten simply with EVOO and sea salt. The Riservas, as they are called, are more expensive than their counterparts, but they are worth the splurge. Also delicious are house-smoked ribs with warm potato salad, shrimps “alla diavola” with a spicy Calabrese tomato sauce, and any of a dozen side dishes, ranging from roasted beets with pistachio and Gorgonzola to Italian broccoli with smoked pork. That’s lardo—cured pork fat—on your table, meant to be spread on the hot house focaccia. We won’t blame you if you take a breath. In the Palazzo, 789-4141.
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.