Vegas Seven

Julian Serrano

  • Cocktail Culture

    Lago Bags It Up

    By Xania V. Woodman

    There’s barrel aging. There’s resting a composed cocktail in glass to let complex flavors marry. Then there’s what Lago’s doing.

  • Dining

    Lago Is a Must Sea

    By Al Mancini

    Julian Serrano probably didn’t need a third Las Vegas restaurant. But he apparently wanted to expand his repertoire. That brings us to Lago, where he’s applying the Spanish shareable small-plates model to Italian food, something I can’t recall seeing elsewhere nearby.

  • Dining

    Julian Serrano Looks Back on Vegas Uncork’d

    By Al Mancini

    With 23 events, Uncork’d showcases the talents of dozens of top chefs, including first-time 2015 participants Emeril Lagasse and Brian Malarkey. But chef Julian Serrano is one of only a handful of chefs who has been there since the beginning.

  • Julian Serrano

    By Grace Bascos

    When Julian Serrano was opening his eponymous tapas restaurant in Aria at CityCenter, he knew the paella was going to be very important to the menu. But as with many cuisines that have to appeal to the variety of palates that visit Las Vegas, Serrano had to tweak his paella to accommodate his guests. “In the beginning, we were doing paella like how they make it in Spain.” He wags his finger. “We are not in Spain.”

  • Lighten Up!

    By Debbie Lee

    Bacon will never fall out of fashion (at least not in my book), but the time is nigh for vegetables to have their moment in the spotlight. Vegan and vegetarian options are becoming common fixtures on restaurant menus around town, and gone is the notion that they look and taste like bowls of bird food. Chefs have risen to this cooking challenge with such gusto that even this avowed meat-eater is inching her way toward “flexitarianism.” Whether your diet is dictated by politics or personal health, the following dishes are kind to both your conscience and your palate.

  • Diner's Notebook

    Show dining at Aria, a tasteful jaunt, a noodle find and the British are coming

    By Max Jacobson

    If you’ve been hankering to dine upscale at one of Aria’s heavy hitters, there is good news: The resort is offering early evening menus and Viva Elvis show packages in eight of its best restaurants—American Fish, Blossom, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Lemongrass, Sage, Sirio and Union.

  • Dishing With Grace

    Paella Valenciana at Julian Serrano

    The baked Spanish rice casserole called paella has been badly abused in this city, until now. Serrano, a Madrid native, is the chef at the highly acclaimed Picasso, and he knows his Spanish cuisine. His eponymous restaurant at Aria does it right. This one, redolent of saffron, is stocked with rabbit, chicken and chorizo, a tribute to authenticity. $40, In Aria, 590-7111,

  • Dining

    The Scoop on Rice

    By Max Jacobson

    Rice is the world’s most versatile and widely consumed grain, with more than 40,000 varietals. There are many ways to eat rice in Las Vegas, at a number of ethnic and upscale restaurants. Here are seven of my favorite dishes to throw into your routine:

  • Dining

    The Best of CityCenter

    By Max Jacobson

    With 17 full-fledged restaurants and a sprinkling of other venues for noshing and nibbling (such as Jean Philippe Patisserie or Skybar for burgers and sandwiches), CityCenter positively breaks the mold for the Las Vegas dining scene. Most casinos rely on a formula that includes a steak house, an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a buffet, and then riff from there. CityCenter brings us central Asian, Thai, Spanish, an English carvery (at the complex’s newest restaurant, Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals) and several other groundbreaking concepts.

  • Dishing