Pass the Parm
Just in time for home cooks to start stressing over their holiday meals, chef Geno Bernardo of Nove Italiano at the Palms delivers a Thanksgiving cooking class this Saturday, November 19. Putting an Italian twist on the classic American meal, Bernardo will share insider tips for a five-courser that features dishes like stuffed artichokes like the chef’s grandmother used to make, boneless turkey breast with chestnut and sausage stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake. The class wraps up with a tasting session with paired wines and the sense of relief that comes from knowing your November 24 meal won’t be a total train wreck. Reserve your spot by calling 942-6856.
Locals know the best time to hit many Strip restaurants is during happy hour, when high-end cocktails and tasty snacks are offered for a fraction of their regular price. If that sounds like a good idea, put SushiSamba’s new SambaHour at the Palazzo at the top of your to-do list. The Sunday-Friday happy hour, available at the bar from 4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-close, will focus on one of the restaurant’s cultural influences—Japan, Brazil or Peru—every month, offering discounted snacks and drinks. For November, try out Japanese treats like pork gyoza with kabocha pumpkin puree and su-shoyu dipping sauce or vegetable tempura with black truffle aioli, each for $6. Drinks include $6 select sakes and cocktails like the Spicy Ginger Chu-tini, made with shochu, Bacardi Razz, guava and ginger.
Let us feast
Come November, everyone’s thinking Thanksgiving, but at Aria the chefs have crafted fall feast tasting menus (available all month) that substitute more inventive dishes for the seasonal classics. At Michael Mina’s American Fish, the seasonal array includes a soy-braised Kobe short with turnip gratin, and at Sage, chef Richard Camarota slows things down with 48-hour beef belly and a 40-minute (yep, 40) farm egg. The multi-course menus, also available at Jean Georges Steakhouse and Sirio Ristorante, range from $79-$95 and last all month. And just down the Strip, at Paris Las Vegas, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is also feeling the fall. Chef Joho’s new menu includes dishes like butternut squash soup with duck confit, a venison chop with oatmeal cake, black trumpet mushrooms and huckleberry reduction and a bleu cheese tasting.
Slice of history
Summerlin is rapidly making a name for itself in the pizza department, and coming this month, New York favorite Di Fara Pizza is adding its pie to the mix. The Brooklyn-based pizzeria has been serving up slices by Italian-born Dom DeMarco for more than 45 years, and has won dining awards from publications like New York magazine and New York Daily News in the process. The Vegas outpost—called Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar—promises to reproduce the stuff that made the original famous, right down to Brooklyn water for the dough. Located at 9785 West Charleston Blvd., the restaurant will serve craft beers, salads and pastas along with that award-winning pie.
Crazy Bobbie III
It’s a match made in Vegas heaven: boobs and Bobbies. That would be topless dancing at gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III and the famed Capriotti’s Thanksgiving-in-a-roll sandwich, both part of Crazy Horse III’s new daily happy hour. On offer from 1-7 p.m., seven days a week, the special offers guests a six-inch Capriotti’s sandwich with a domestic beer or soda for $5. That’s a sweet deal, with or without the boobs.