The Bellagio bolsters its roster of dining options with the opening of Lago, the new Milanese-inspired restaurant from Julian Serrano. With it comes one of the best views of the Fountains at Bellagio along with an Italian Futurism design and food meant to share.
“I want to stretch guests’ perception beyond their typical Italian experience by creating a feast that exhibits today’s culinary culture and showcases all of the exciting possibilities with Italian cuisine in the 21st century,” Serrano says in a press statement.
Michelin-starred Serrano does that with dishes such as a fish crudo, risotto with red wine and burrata cheese and little calamari-pasta rings from Gragnano in Naples in a squid sauce. Each dish is meant to be four or five bites, but those with larger appetites can turn to the Piedmontese beef tenderloin with gorgonzola cheese or the one-pound ribeye trimmed with sea salt.
In a twist, the cocktail menu at Lago features a food component. So the Caramel Nest with golden raspberries uses a caramel nest holding a golden raspberry and Sgroppino has an edible cocktail sphere made from Prosecco, lemoncello, lemon sorbet and cocoa butter.
More than 750 bottles of wine from small Italian wineries as well as California and Oregon vineyards make the list.
The decor here reflects the artistic and cultural movement of early 20th century Italy with a 1,500-square-foot mosaic map of Milan at the entrance, a marble mixology counter and a sweeping view of the fountains on the patio.
Lago is open from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly and is located off the casino floor next to Hyde Bellagio.
Info: Lago, (702) 693-7111