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A sampling of Vegas’ newest entertainment options.
YOU MUST AGO
Italian dining in Las Vegas gets regional at Ago in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Chef and partner Agostino Sciandri has been dishing Tuscan and northern Italian trattoria favorites in Los Angeles for two decades. The Las Vegas location is Sciandri’s third Ago outpost after West Hollywood and Miami (a fourth Ago is slated to open in New York in March) and has its official grand opening scheduled for late February, timed to coincide with the restaurant’s 10-year anniversary in the City of Angels.
The dining area at the Las Vegas Ago is simple and elegant with Murano-glass chandeliers, white tablecloths and dark wood accents. The restaurant’s lounge features a ceiling of hanging globe lights over comfortable cappuccino-colored sectional seating.
“The lounge in Vegas is ideal for a pre-dinner cocktail and the open-show kitchen allows guests to fully experience all parts of the meal,” said Sciandri.
Ago’s Tuscan cuisine features dishes such as bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style steak), burrata con fagiolini (fresh mozzarella with string beans) and tagliatelle al ragu antico (egg pasta with traditional ragu sauce).
And of course, the wine list is filled with regional specialties including Chianti and super-Tuscans.
Ago at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Road; 702-693-4440. Open daily for dinner, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
For those who can’t end a night out without stompin’ at the Savoy, discotheque Privé brings the energy of South Beach nightlife to Las Vegas.
Privé is the first nightclub in the West from the Miami-based Opium Group (whose other operations include Privé, Mansion and SET). The 12,000-square-foot Las Vegas location is infused with South Beach chic from its Pucci-esque banquettes to its crystal chandeliers and 350-square-foot Brazilian cherrywood dance floor. Guests ride an elevator up to an archway made from Makassar ebony and lit by shimmering crystal garlands. And Privé’s rendezvous area is marked by a dramatic 15-foot-high black lacquer lamp with a cascading crystal shade.
This story first appeared in the February 7, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Privé has plenty of nooks and crannies to cool down and relax, including an enclosed balcony overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and a torch-lit bar.
Patrons can reserve tables for bottle service; cocktail prices range from $10 to $14.
Privé at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-523-6002 (for table reservations). Open Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 p.m. until late.
STRIKE A POSE
Had Andy Warhol’s Factory ever opened a restaurant in Las Vegas, it might have looked like Voga at the Flamingo Hotel.
With black-and-white patterned curtains that frame a series of screen prints of a heavily made up women’s face and hot pink chairs, Voga, which means “vogue” in Italian, looks more artsy than most Vegas restaurants, which are heavy on dark wood and mood lighting.
The bold look of Voga, which opened in January, signals a renovation underway at the Flamingo. The bistro’s bold interior mirrors the contemporary look of the hotel’s new “Go” concept rooms.
Flamingo executive chef Christophe Doumergue, who trained with Daniel Boulud, carries out what he calls a nouvelle American menu through shared plates that feature such dishes as mini Maine lobster tacos, Asian-inspired lettuce wraps and “Voga Rocks,” a sizzling stone platter of veal scaloppini with prosciutto. Entrées include seared scallops with crab meat and asparagus and blue cheese-crusted filet mignon with potato gallette.
Voga at the Flamingo Hotel, 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-733-3333. Open daily for dinner, 5-11 p.m.
Company American Bistro ups the ante for Las Vegas late-night dining.
Headed by executive chef Adam Sobel, formerly of Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Company American Bistro covers all bases of American regional comfort food from matzo ball soup to buttermilk fried chicken and waffles to pork schnitzel to Maine lobster. Also on order are cold shellfish platters, salads and steaks ranging from rib eye to Kobe. Rounding out the menu are sides such as cheesy Southern grits, tater tots and falafel, along with desserts such as key lime pie and New York cheesecake.
The interior is designed by James Beard Award-winning New York restaurant design firm AvroKo and features a fireside lounge, high-backed leather chairs, hurricane lamps, aspen trees and stacked stone accents.
Located adjacent to the LAX nightclub, Company American Bistro was definitely conceived for those post-disco cravings, since its celebrity investors — Nicky Hilton, Wilmer Valderrama and Nick Lachey — are no strangers to night-crawling.
Company American Bistro at Luxor Las Vegas, 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-262-4702. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m. until late.