As I have been doing for the past few articles, I’m reviewing places that are close to the Rio where the World Series of Poker is going on thru mid-July. The WSOP brings so many poker players to Las Vegas and when there are thousands of players in a tournament and everyone gets their dinner break at the same time it’s tough for everyone to get in a...

Tivoli Village got a needed jolt when Ada’s, a bustling Italian eatery, recently opened there. Created by James Trees, the mind behind the stellar Esther’s Kitchen in Downtown’s Arts District, Ada’s (and its outdoor patio) has been brimming with bodies during lunch and dinner hours—and even in between. Meals usually start with crusty, flavor-dense ...

Nicole Brisson, the former executive chef at Eataly at the Park MGM, departed her old job to open Locale Italian Kitchen, exploring the traditions of Italian cuisines with a meat-centric menu, with Andy Hooper, one of the partners in The Black Sheep. Red sauce Italian dishes mix with ingredients sourced from small American farms and others deliver...

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens have opened the gates to its summer display. Each season, the conservatory has a new display of several themed scenes, created from thousands of flowers. With the arrival of summer in Las Vegas, the theme this year is “La Dolce Vita” and depicts summer in Italy. The east garden, full of lemons, represen...

Manifatture Sigaro Toscano will attend the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Convention, happening June 28 -July 2 in Las Vegas. During the IPCPR, MST will launch a new Toscano cigar, made with the Caribbean technique of using a wrapper and binder: Stilnovo. This is a limited edition for lovers of handmade cigars. Sti...

Air Italy has added 10 new destinations to its network through the signing of a Special Prorate Agreement with Alaska Airlines. The new interline agreement start the airlines’ partnership with 10 destinations across the US and Mexico: Anchorage, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, San Diego, Newark, San Jose (CA) and Guadalajara (...

An Italian dining switcheroo on the upper level at Town Square with the Neapolitan style of La Bella Napoli swiftly replaced by another Italian restaurant. Keeping the Naples-built, wood-fired Stefano Ferrara pizza oven, a central attraction of its three-year-old predecessor, Minchia’s Cibo Italiano is currently serving daily from 4 to 10 p.m, open...

The Trieste-based Area Science Park, one of Italy's leading research and innovation centres, is teaming up with Teorema Engineering and the Italian Trade Agency to bring a large delegation of digital start-up inventors and entrepreneurs to the Consumer Electronics Show, to be held in Las Vegas from January 7 to January 10, 2020.  The idea is to sel...

Kept under wraps as “Restaurant C” on early construction filings, new paperwork reveals Italian restaurant Ambra is on schedule to replace Fiamma at the MGM Grand. Pushing for an official summer debut, the resort has yet to share details of the new concept, but is currently hiring for select positions. Named after the Italian translation of “amber,...

La Strega—Gina Marinelli’s new Italian restaurant in the former Due Forni space in south Summerlin—reflects an interesting convergence of trends. The first, ongoing since the Great Recession, is the migration of Strip talent away from the tourist corridor; in this instance, a former Cosmopolitan chef has resurfaced in the friendly confines of a sub...