This Just In – PIP’S in Aliante to Close

Robin Leach reported yesterday that Pip’sRino Armeni’s upscale Italian restaurant and wine bar in the Aliante Hotel and Casino — is closing, effective this Sunday.

Like many restaurants that opened at the beginning of the Great Recession, Pip’s was hamstrung by a lousy economic climate.

Its location — in the middle of Vegas’s economic implosion epicenter (North Las Vegas) — didn’t help matters either.

We feel bad for uber-wine-guy-and-super-good-guy Armeni, and will miss his smiling face and gracious presence on our restaurant scene.

4 thoughts on “This Just In – PIP’S in Aliante to Close

  1. John,
    Thank you for your comments
    It has been an incredible ride but it was take a toll on my family and that comes first.
    I am glad that Las vegas has a Food Critic like yourself who is not afraid to speak up against mediocrity
    After all , the way I look at it you do so to help all of us becoming better.
    Stay well my friend
    All the best

  2. Rino,

    Sorry to hear that. Although I never got to visit your restaurant, I am sure it was exceptional. An that the closing is strictly due to the economic downturn.

    Take care,


  3. I think it was the name.




    Maybe if it was an English joint, with darts and bitter beer and they called it Pip Pip Cheerios? Nawww.., forget it. You’d have to be a real dope to think anything in Aliante stood a pips chance in hell of making it then or now.

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