As most of my readers know, John and I love to go to Las Vegas to experience new places to dine. We have been to some fabulous restaurants, pubs, and bistros. We also have been very disappointed. We try to make sure we patronize not only elegant dining but reasonable places on our trips, to have variety and also to compare. This trip was no exception. In this post and the one after, I will do the reviews for both the elegant dining (Lavo) and the reasonable priced (Grand Lux Café). Up first is Lavo at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
Lavo has been on Food Paradise and has gotten high reviews. The room was inviting and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Though noisy and crowded in the restaurant and bar (as is usually the case late in the evening in Las Vegas), all the wait staff seemed prepared and went about their business of serving their customers.
We received garlic bread and marinara sauce. The marinara was flavorful of tomatoes and spices and complimented the bread.
We ordered baked clams oreganato to start. I wish I could say I loved the dish but we found it to be mediocre at best. It came lukewarm, though the clam was cooked through and not rubbery. But the clams were overpowered by the parmesan cheese which took over the dish.
I wasn’t too hungry, so I ordered the spicy lobster bisque for my main meal. So disappointed. The soup was barely warm and some of the lobster was cold. Obviously they cooked the lobster and plunged it in cold water. However, they did not bring it back up to temperature before putting it in the bisque. Or the bisque was so lukewarm that the lobster pieces couldn’t get back up to temperature. Whatever the reason, most of the pieces of lobster were cold. The flavor of the tarragon came through, however it was not spicy. Not enough seasoning.
John had been waiting to have this giant meatball for some time now. We finally are in Lavo and he orders the meatball with fresh whipped ricotta. The meatball came hot and was amazing. With the mixture of wagyu, Italian sausage and veal, the meatball was moist and with the harmonious seasoning, a symphony on the taste buds. The ricotta was creamy and added depth to the dish. John was not disappointed (neither was I on this one) and had to control himself from eating the whole meatball.
Everyone can have an off night and restaurants are no different. Maybe someday John and I will try Lavo again. However, right now, I would say I have mixed thoughts about this Italian casual elegant restaurant. Atmosphere was better than average. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Price is on the expensive side. Most of the food was just not that good. However, if you are going for the meatball, then by all means try Lavo.
Until next time, happy creating.