I have never been secretive about my love affair with Venice. It is an open and honest relationship, possibly one-sided, but sincere. And since I was in Las Vegas and not Italy, I had to do the next best thing to spending time with my beloved…go to the Venetian.
With its gondola rides down the pseudo-grand canal, luxury shopping and fine Italian dining, it is reminiscent of Venice. If I squint my eyes.
A visit there wouldn’t be complete without dining at one of the well-renowned restaurants and Mario Batali’s Otto fit the bill. Besides, it had a really cool meat curing fridge designed to look like the leaning tower of Pisa. Bonus.
We had dined the evening before at another, just-as-popular, fellow Italians restaurant and wasn’t impressed. I was hoping that Mr. Batali could one-up his competition.
The grilled radicchio with smoked mozzarella ($8) was listed under insalate, but it unexpectedly came to the table hot and baked.
This was a knife and fork salad.
Bacon & Mozzarella Pizza. Enough said?
Have you ever been to Otto? What restaurant reminds you of Italy?