As temperatures cool down, the restaurant scene in Las Vegas is heating up with new eateries that have recently opened or soon will open. New eateries include one from Giada De Laurentiis, one from Gordon Ramsay, and a popular and historic Los Angeles deli has added two Las Vegas locations, including one just steps from the Strip.
Italian-born chef and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis, the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, will move west across Las Vegas Boulevard from The Cromwell to Caesars Palace for her latest venture. Pronto, described as a casual, fast-food experience, adds to her namesake, Giada.
When it opens early next year, Pronto promises Italian cuisine with California influences for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t expect servers here. Guests will order at a counter and then grab a seat once their food arrives.
With its “fast-bite” theme, expect quick-to-make items such as pastries, paninis and salads. Giada fans needn’t worry: Her popular lemon ricotta cookies will be on the menu.
Pronto will fill the space previously occupied by the now-closed Payard Patisserie & Bistro.
The restaurant, his fifth along the Strip, will play off the popularity of his “Hell’s Kitchen” Fox TV show; the winner of the current Season 17 will snag a job as the eatery’s head chef.
Hell’s Kitchen, outside Caesars at Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road (where Serendipity 3 used to be), intends to give diners the feel that they have been transported to a Hollywood soundstage, where red and blue teams battle it out in the kitchen trying to curry Ramsay’s favor.
Canter’s Las Vegas
Angelenos can find comfort in the familiar with its beloved deli opening near the Strip. Across the boulevard at the Linq Promenade, Gary Canter, a huge Dodgers fan, was so busy training staff at Canter’s Las Vegas that he missed watching Games 6 and 7 of the 2017 World Series.
“You feel like you’re on Fairfax,” Canter said of the two new Las Vegas locations. The other is in suburban Summerlin.
The menu is scaled down from the seemingly endless choices in L.A., but the traditional favorites are all available.
“Our grilled Reubens are fabulous. They’re going crazy with the soup. The blintzes are delicious, the potato latke, the knishes,” Canter said. His grandfather opened the original deli in 1931.
“[The Reuben] has to be prepared a specific way,” manager Kevin Jeffers said. “We have to grill the Swiss cheese in exactly the right way. We got to cut the bread a little thicker. This is like a rocket. This sandwich is taking off like crazy in Las Vegas.”
For visitors with a sugar craving, Canter’s’ well-known selection of pastries, including chocolate eclairs and cannoli, are also freshly baked at the restaurant’s Las Vegas locations.
7th & Carson
Away from the Strip, the downtown Las Vegas dining scene has gained a pleasantly surprising sophistication. 7th & Carson, named for the corner where it stands, is a fresh example.
At this neighbor to the funky Downtown Container Park, well-established Las Vegas restaurateur Liam Dwyer has created a gathering spot featuring cocktails and a variety of small plates ideal for sharing.
The “hearth” offerings include toasts topped with white truffle ($9) or oxtail ($10). Other choices include Duckling Pot Pie ($12), bite-sized pastry puffs filled with duck and roasted veggies.
7th & Carson features live music on Mondays and a DJ on Thursdays.
The burger bars are run by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori.
“Black Tap is all about three things: delicious all-American burgers, out-of-this-world CrazyShakes and craft beer,” Isidori said in a news release. “We can’t wait to bring our take on the classic American luncheonette to the Strip.”
The restaurant’s menu includes items such as the Greg Norman Burger ($19) with Wagyu beef, blue cheese, house-made buttermilk-dill sauce and arugula. The shakes include the Cotton Candy ($15), a strawberry shake with a chocolate rim, a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and, of course, cotton candy.
The Halal Guys
The Halal Guys swept New York City when they opened a food cart at 53rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan.
Its fresh and fast take on Mediterranean food (halal, of course, meaning prepared according to Islamic dietary rules) will open in the food court at Caesars.
The cart grew into an international chain with eight locations in Southern California. In November, the newest location will serve signature sandwiches and platters, all intended to be customized with sides such as hummus, baba ghanoush and fries.
The restaurant will remain open into the early morning hours to serve guests who are hungry after a night of clubbing.