Italian Smackdown – SIRIO v. CIRCO
The question needs to be asked: Which is the better Italian restaurant: Circo or Sirio?
The answer is: It depends.
If it’s top flight Italian cheeses and salumi you’re after, Sirio gets the nod. Lamb chops have you licking your chops? Then you won’t find better ones than Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia’s Pecorino Romano crusted loin ones at Sirio.
Do all things soupy and seafood-y get you salivating? Then Circo Chef Michael Vitangeli probably gets the nod for his elegant compositions of branzino and various summer fish concoctions.
Pastas are a dead heat…although we might have had the most perfect risotto of our lives at Circo last month.
Desserts? Circo reigns supreme over all other Italians in town…mainly because they’re all French…although Sirio seems to be improving its sweets with every visit.
Both wine lists are excellent, but again, Circo’s has a certain breadth and depth that can only be acquired after thirteen years in business, while prices are a tad less at its fratellino down the street.
Sirio deserves props for its casual cafe, while there’s no denying the playful, colorful elegance of Adam Tihany’s Circo design — which recently received a subtle-but-effective facelift. ELV thinks if he were going to propose to someone,* there would hardly be a better table in town than by one of Circo’s windows, but if a group of friends wanted to indulge in an Italian food bacchanalia, sitting beside the salumi/cheese counter of Sirio would be his first choice.
Service at both is excellent…even if you’re not ELV.**
Sirio seems more meaty and Circo feels more fishy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a transporting experience by venturing into the other’s realm.
In other words, it’s a toss up. So, as a tiebreaker, we decided to compare the hotness of the respective sommeliers.*** The Food Gal® voted for M.S. William Moss at Circo whilst ELV prefers Kathleen Thomas at Sirio (remember, we’re talking concupiscence here, not wine knowledge).
Guess whose website this is?
Sirio wins by a culatello slice!
The last time ELV paid for a meal in a Sirio Maccioni restaurant, Bill Clinton was President….so bribery played no part in this evaluation.
In the Aria Hotel and Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
OSTERIA DEL CIRCO
In the Bellagio Hotel and Casino
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
* When pigs fly.
** Many an undercover diner has raved to ELV about the service at both establishments.
*** Eating Las Vegas uses nothing but the most advanced, objective and scientific methods when rating restaurants.