Summer arrives at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens with First Italian-inspired display on June 12. The summer display by designer Ed Libby and the Bellagio Horticulture team brings the island of Capri to the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring a rugged landscape with multicolored villas high above a cove-studded coastline, 16-foot stone archways,...

You know “Rigoletto.” But you might not know you know it. If you’ve ever watched “The Simpsons” or “Seinfeld,” if you’ve ever caught a Doritos Super Bowl ad, if you’ve ever played the “Grand Theft Auto” video game, chances are you’ve heard Giuseppe Verdi’s jaunty, insanely catchy “La donna e mobile.” But it’s far from “Rigoletto’s” only memorable m...

This week I went to the Strip and visited one of my favorite celebrity restaurants, Buddy V’s Ristorante located inside the Venetian Las Vegas. Buddy Valastro of TLC’s TV show “Cake Boss” has brought his Italian flair for food from New Jersey to Las Vegas. I have been a big fan of the restaurant since it opened but now that I have discovered the We...

Negroni Week is back. If you’re like us, you’ve been enjoying the refreshingly balanced Italian cocktail all year, but between June 5 and 11, you can savor it for a cause. Negroni Week launched in 2013 as an effort to raise money for charities around the world and has grown from about 100 participating venues to 6,000 bars, restaurants and other sp...

Las Vegas artist Lena Prima will bring her musical celebration "Old Vegas and New Orleans!" to Suncoast Showroom on Saturday, July 8. The youngest daughter of musical legend Louis Prima and famous singer-songwriter Gia Maione, Lena Prima began her musical career performing on stage as she toured with her parents during her summer vacations. After c...

The Bootlegger Italian Bistro appears on nearly every list of top classic Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, but now in addition to timeless classics, the restaurant is serving up gluten-free, paleo-friendly (lean meats, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds) and other healthy Italian options for guests on restricted diets or those choosing a health...

A young immigrant sailed into New York Harbor in 1871, and in 1942 the image of a white-haired old man returned. Those two dates book-end a musical story of America. According to his death certificate, Frank A. Marynell Sr. was born June 13, 1857, in Italy, but lived most of his long life in Henderson. In 1942 his portrait was taken by O.A. Egloff...

It’s a question worthy of true debate: What’s the best pasta shape? You could argue that certain noodles are built to handle certain sauces. You could make a case that stuffed pasta creations like ravioli offer an extra dimension to the dish, but those tasty pillows don’t soak up their surroundings as well as a tender pile of pappardelle. It’s hard...

Of all the world cuisines upon which Los Angeles might base its culinary personality, Italian is not the most obvious. Pasta and braised meats and pizza hardly fit in with the cliché of L.A.'s light and healthy eating habits, nor are they what come to mind when thinking of the appropriate food to complement our perpetually sunny weather. Yet that's...

Given the original Rao’s is over a century old in New York City and the Caesars Palace outpost just turned 10, the brand has become an American institution. You can even buy their famed pasta sauce across the country at most grocers. But there is always something about walking through the doors of Rao’s. And while the New York original may be the h...