Las Vegas is a city of excess. Grand buffets, gambling and even ridiculous clothing all add the the allure that makes it Sin City. Mario Batali has added his own place for the Vegas consumer to overindulge: a new steakhouse in the Palazzo known as Carnevino. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...I wish this were true with the amount of food I eat while I'm there. The waiters come round to insist that you order 3 courses, even though two would be more than enough food for the average person. As you browse the menu you notice anti-pastas, pastas and of course the highlight care or meat. We were presented with a wine list hundreds of pages long and a cocktail list featuring an Italian take on famous cocktails. I started with a Prosecco cocktail with bitter cherries on top that was the perfect mix of bitter and sweet.
My mother and I decided to share 3 courses as the gentlemen we were dining with wanted to do it Vegas style and we knew that would be more than enough food. We started with the Prosciutto De Parma "Riserva" with gnocco fritto. The gnocco fritto were tinny little fried pieces of dough that we used to wrap the prosciutto around. For our next course we had the Ricotta and Egg Raviolo with brown butter. This dish was almost identical to the one served at Osteria Mozza. For our final course we shared the Osso Buco alla Milanese with saffron orzo and gremolata. The meat was so tender and had been cooked for 7 hours. This dish was excellent. Dinner was ended with a chocolate peanut butter torte and homemade gelato: goat's milk, Dulce de leche and vanilla. I would recommend avoiding the goat's milk... Over all dinner was excellent, extremely heavy and very expensive. Service was rather spotty for a restaurant of this caliber but the food was right on par.
Carnevino The Palazzo Hotel 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South (702) 789-4141