We’ve Finally Got a Piece of the Pie
I wouldn’t say that Las Vegas is a pizza city yet, but the caliber of pizza we now have here is pushing us in that direction. A few years ago, no one here even knew how great pizza Napoletana was (thanks, Settebello!). Pizza Rock, which just opened Downtown in the Third Street District, is one of the reasons why our pizza-fu is getting stronger. Chef Tony Gemignani not only rocks the Napoletana, but does a number of other regional styles justice as well, from Chicago cracker-thin crust to Sicilian to New York. The margherita is the quintessential pie here: a simple combination of tomato, mozzarella and basil topping a chewy, charred-on-the-bottom crust that speaks volumes to the quality of product and technique that goes into making this pizza, which won the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. Get there early, though, if you want to try it: Only 73 are made per day. $16, 201 N. Third Street, 385-0838, PizzaRockLasVegas.com.
Fall Into Foie
Fall is finally here, and with it, all the ingredients and techniques chefs love the most. Cooking takes a slow and low turn with lots of braising, dishes become richer and meatier, and even vegetables are heartier to stand up to cooler temperatures. The new fall menu at Comme Ça has all that covered, from crispy, deep-fried Brussels sprouts tossed with lemon, capers, chili and Parmesan to charred Mediterranean octopus with chickpeas and smoky, spicy harissa. The winner of the menu, however, lives on the specials board: seared foie gras atop a black pepper waffle shrouded by poached rings of paper-thin butternut squash, all highlighted by red curry butternut squash puree. Rich, warm and homey, this dish solidifies why fall is my favorite season to eat. The Cosmopolitan, 698-7910, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Have Your Cake … and Champagne, Too!
Celebrity custom-cake makers and bakers Kristin LoVullo and Ashley Mastowski open their new, sweet venture, Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe, on November 29. Patisserie by day, dessert and wine bar by night, Gimme Some Sugar expands the menu beyond the pair’s cake business. They’ve designed cakes for celebs such as P. Diddy, Kid Rock, and Kim Kardashian, and now, Green Valley denizens can get their sugar high from cake pops, cookies, cheesecakes and tarts. Besides tea, coffee and sipping chocolate, the Bake Shoppe offers adult beverages such as wine, craft beer and Champagne. Open Nov. 29, 19 S. Stephanie St., Henderson, 882-2537, GimmeSomeSugarLV.com.