Costa di Mare stands out from the Strip crowd

Jan 23, 2017 893

Last year was a special dining occasion for me; 2016 marked a decade of writing about Las Vegas restaurants. After eating so much fantastic food in so many electric environments on and off the Strip, the years start to blur together, but the restaurants don't. Certain dishes and flavors will forever stand out in my mind.

One of my most memorable meals of 2016 came in a return to Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas—where I experienced the Giro d'Italia tasting menu from chef Mark LoRusso, voted Las Vegas' best chef last year by the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association. Each dish in the precise sequence seemed to up the ante of bold creativity, from tender cuttlefish over squid ink-splashed polenta to grilled octopus with a bright red pepper sauce.

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