The latest culinary upgrade at the iconic Mirage transports us to the seaside villages of Southern Italy. At Osteria Costa, the focus lies on spectacular seafood dishes like the frutti di mare salad—loaded with poached shrimp and squid, bright cherry tomatoes and shaved radish—and a classic linguine and clams; but the menu stretches comfortably to...

A pizza made by Vincent Rotolo isn’t just cheese, sauce, pepperoni and crust. What you don’t see are the hidden ingredients: love, honor, respect and reverence. You taste all those things when you bite down on a slice from his new restaurant, Good Pie, which opens February 9 at Pawn Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas. Each slice is airy yet crispy with ju...

A lifelong pizzaiolo who spent years in fine dining on the Strip before helping open Fremont East’s flavorful Evel Pie, Vincent Rotolo has found his dream gig. It’s Good Pie, the tiny new pizza shop opening at Pawn Plaza on February 9, which just happens to be National Pizza Day. Good Pie will celebrate by participating in the national charitable e...

Even next to the most eccentric entrepreneurs, Marco Benvenuti is an outlier. He’s the guy in the red poncho in a sea of suits, darting nimbly between disparate topics of basketball, musical theater, and writing code. He’s the bull in the china shop—only this bull is driving an Alfa Romeo. But don’t let his showmanship fool you. “To do what I’ve do...

Name: Ivana Brancaccio - Hometown: Las Vegas - Position: Communications director for Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev. - Age: 27 - Alma Mater: American University Washington Examiner:How did you begin working in politics? Brancaccio: I come from a big Italian family that likes to argue, so naturally in high school I joined the debate team, then volunteered...

TV star chef Giada De Laurentiis has been spending a lot of time in Las Vegas since she opened her very first restaurant at the Cromwell on the Strip more than three years ago. She was back in town Saturday for an extra special occasion — Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 34th annual Black & White Ball at Wynn Las Vegas, where she was honored as “Woman of th...

Scott Conant, a frequent judge on Chopped, made quick work of revamping the former Salute Italian Trattoria at Red Rock Resort into Masso Osteria. Now the chef plans to debut his new restaurant on Friday, Feb. 16, with a decor inspired by the desert and a menu of Italian fare. Conant plans to serve whole sea bass al forno, tagliata di manzo, lamb s...

Arizona-based Fox Restaurant Concepts’ first successful foray into the Las Vegas market was the hip, friendly Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel. Now the innovative dining group has invaded the Vegas ’burbs with the warm, homey North Italia in the renovated Rampart Commons center at Charleston and Rampart boulevards. Its expansive dining room,...

Italian luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta will open a new store on the Strip. The new store at Wynn Las Vegas will be Bottega’s fourth in the valley. The others are at the Shops at Crystals, Bellagio and Palazzo, according to the brand’s website. Clark County issued a permit for $375,000 worth of work for the store. Bottega will have clothing, sh...

Las Vegas locals love an Italian restaurant called Bootlegger Bistro. The secret to its great sauces? It’s executive chef Maria Perry, who, at 100 years old, still works two or three days a week to make sure everything is perfect. “I still go in there and check the sauces,” she said of the marinara sauce served at Bootlegger. Perry still oversee...