Scarpetta, Jaleo, The Palm, Secret Pizza, Mesa Grill, Carnegie Deli
I’ll make this quick and simple; I went to Vegas with the boys last weekend and had some spectacular eats and some unspectacular eats.
Mesa Grill: Goat Cheese Queso Fundido is amazing. We wolfed it down in 5 minutes and wanted more. I had the Shrimp tamale for my main and was unimpressed…. Seemed a bit bland. Service was attentive. 6.5/10
Scarpetta: This was the best meal I had in Vegas. I’m Italian by heritage and I’ve eaten Italian food in Italy and all over North America, so there are very few who are more qualified than me to comment on Italian foods. I was also eating with 6 other Italians. We ordered tons of stuff from the menu to share. The highlights were: ALL of the pastas… all 6 of them. Even the simple tomato/basil was excellent. Service was impeccable. For those of you who have complained about this place, you either had an off night or you have no clue about Italian cuisine. 9/10
Jaleo: First of all, Jose Andres was at the restaurant. The Good: we tried a bunch of appetizers, most of which were pretty good. The Bad: The service wasn’t very attentive and my friend was exposed to shellfish even though he told them about his allergy. Albeit, he was being a bit of a bitch about it. I regret not getting paella, but that is a difficult dish to share. I would definitely try this place again, but the whole party agreed that this place was way over hyped. 6/10
Secret Pizza: Meh… if you’ve been to NYC, you’ll find this exact pizza and better pizza all over the place. The West Coast clearly needs a lesson from NYC. It was tasty though. 7/10
The Palm: This place has the steakhouse arts down to a science. Monday night chopped salad is amazing. The 14oz filet was perfect. Service was very good on a Saturday night. This was my 3rd visit to the Palm (twice in Bal Harbour) and I will go back again and again. 9/10
Carnegie Deli: I wanted corned beef… the sandwich, pickles and cherry peppers were all excellent. Service was okay, but can’t expect too much from this crowded institution. 7.5/10
"I’m Italian by heritage and I’ve eaten Italian food in Italy and all over North America...."
There are thousands and thousands of others who can claim this as well. Me included.
Glad to hear about Scarpetta. We were in Vegas for 4 nights last week and wanted to go to Scarpetta but just never got to it. Saw Scott Conant on the escalator going up to his restaurant though.
Not sure what kind of service you were expecting from Carnegie. You go for the food, not the atmosphere, decor or service. Glad the food was up to snuff - - - I have to get my pastrami fix there everytime I'm in Vegas.