|Mushroom ragout tagliatelle|
For fish eaters, there's a cart of fresh fish that gets wheeled to you, and the "catch" is introduced to you one by one. We were told the fish is flown in from the Med daily, and it did indeed look great. However, most of the fishes are designed for sharing between two, so I skipped that too and went for a frito misto and a seafood "ragout". I felt the ragout was a bit oversalted (I found it to be an America-ex-NY/Philly thing) but the pasta was in perfect supple sheets, lapping up the richly-flavoured ocean-y, crustacean-y sauce nicely. If my memory serves, the fritto misto was as good as the one I had in Da Fiore, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Venice (Italy, not California). Lightly battered (but indeed battered, with all the hot, crunchy, fried goodness a thin layer of flour meeting hot oil brings), and utterly fresh and juicy inside.
T's caprese and mushroom pasta were, I thought, less successful. The mozz was a bit dry, though the tomatoes were divine, and the mushroom lacked the heartiness of a sauce, ending up more like a tossed pasta than the slow-cooked sauce the menu seemed to imply. Maybe I misread it.
|Chocolate and banana budino|
If Bartolotta were in Venice, it wouldn't be out of place amongst the likes of Osteria Santa Marina, Da Fiore and Il Ridotto, ie. the city's top 10. (I just realised how funny this would be if Bartolotta were in the Venetian rather than the Wynn). Only I think it should be appreciated even more because it's in the middle of a darn desert. If you're craving seafood in Vegas (I think it's a very Chinese reaction to crave seafood after having won at the tables... or maybe it's universal, ha) then Bartolotta will certainly hit the spot. If you're a vegetarian at Bartolotta, you're sort of a second-class citizen compared to your colleagues who consume marine life, but hey, I'd much rather a second citizen here than first at IHOP.
Wynn Las Vegas
+1 702 248 3463
Dinner daily. Bookings highly recommended, although I didn't make one and managed to get a table for 2 at around 9.30 (we wanted a late dinner anyway).
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