Next year, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare will be sans the Bartolotta. Wynn Resorts has announced that chef Marc LoRusso of Botero will take the helm of the seafood temple that flies its fish in daily from the Mediterranean. Wynn Resorts likes to boast that the chef whose name is on the door is also who’s preparing your food, so they’ve liked their stable of chefs to be residents. With James Beard Award winner Paul Bartolotta departing, expect LoRusso to transition into the new restaurant, simply titled “Ristorante di Mare” early next year, when LoRusso will put his own spin and creativity on to the coastal Italian menu.
According to a Wynn Resorts representative, the parting of ways is amicable: “We appreciate the contribution that Paul Bartolotta made in the original design of the restaurant’s program and wish him the best in whatever he decides to do in his many interests and travels.”
Bartolotta, who was the first chef to import seafood overnight directly from the Mediterranean to Las Vegas, took great pride in keeping secret the waters where fishermen would procure his gorgeous langoustines. Let’s hope he shares this secret with his successor.