This should not come as any shock, but not all that long after Alex closed down, Alex Stratta will be leaving the Wynn umbrella entirely, with his "Stratta" to remain as an Italian restaurant on the property under a new name. It will be a shame if he does not resurface at a Strip property; he made a huge impact on the Las Vegas scene, while also being one of the few big-name chefs that was actually in the kitchen most nights.
As for the Wynn/Encore complex, one gets a shiver when reviewing the number of talented chefs that have left over the past two years, all to be replaced by lower-end concepts.
Well, wherever Chef Stratta goes, I shall follow! I adored Alex; it was my most favorite restaurant in LV, and among my top restaurants world-wide. It was the single reason I had booked a reservation to finally stay at the Wynn Hotel (I usually stay at the Bellagio). Loved the idea that I could have one or maybe two fantastic dinners at Alex, play my slot machines, shop, and head up to my room without leaving the hotel. The loss of Alex (both the restaurant and the chef) is a serious blow to the Wynn Hotel. I hope someone from their management re-evaluates their dining program, since they no longer have a "chow" worthy restaurant.
Part of me is surprised that he was willing to associate himself with that restaurant. For a time with Alex, he was the talk-of-the-town. It must have been quite difficult once Alex closed to focus on a restaurant which was nowhere near the same category yet at the same time being middle-of-the-road, at best in the category it was in.
Stratta didn't seem to bring out his best the way Alex did. I had some of my best all-time meals at Alex but Stratta, although a different concept was middle-of-the-road in my opinion.
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Hey PopMegaPhone. Your last few posts have been negative bordering on "grip-reaperish".
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