Finally, a Food Film Festival Featuring Fabulous Folks Festively Feasting Freely on Fiction

October 10, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Critics, Events, Food, Liquor/Liqueur/Libations

 

The only thing I love more than great food is a movie about great food.

This Friday night you are welcome to share my passion for the finest in food fantasia at the first, fabulous foray into his fount of feedbag film fare fodder.

Or something like that.

Finally….it’s all FREE….in the cozy little Black Box theatre, with the purchase of a cocktail at the exquisite Scullery bar.

See you tonight, fellow food film fans.

EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – 42. NAKAMURA-YA

October 09, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, EATING LAS VEGAS - The 50 Essential Restaurants, Food, Reviews, Spring Mountain Road

42. NAKAMURA-YA

ELV’s comely young assistant was hungry.

“I’m hungry,” she said.

“Let’s go to Nakamura-Ya,” we said.

“But I don’t know anything about wafuu pasuta,” she responded.

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EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – 41. MONTA

October 09, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: EATING LAS VEGAS - The 50 Essential Restaurants, Food, Reviews, Spring Mountain Road

41. MONTA

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Monta is still Number 1 among the righteous ramen revelers in town, and with its no-nonsense 10-item menu and only 26 seats, it proves less is more when it comes to regularly revealing the royalty of this remarkable repast.

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EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – 40. B&B RISTORANTE

October 08, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Celebrity Chef Hell, Chefs, Critics, EATING LAS VEGAS - The 50 Essential Restaurants, Food, Max Jacobson, Reviews

40. B&B RISTORANTE

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Mario Batali simplified Babbo’s menu when he and partner Joe Bastianich brought B&B to the Venetian six years ago. They slightly modified the format to best comport with the middlebrow tastes of the average Vegas conventioneer, rather than challenge the pasta hounds as they do every night  their flagship in Greenwich Village. The good news is the bold flavors that put that flagship on the map made it out here without losing much in the process, and this kitchen still manages to crank out Vegas’s most interesting pastas half a decade later.

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BIG NIGHT This Friday Night at SCULLERY

October 07, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Events

EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – 39. SEN OF JAPAN

October 06, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, EATING LAS VEGAS - The 50 Essential Restaurants, Food, Reviews

39. SEN OF JAPAN

Hiromi Nakano‘s Sen of Japan has been humming along for years now, so sometimes we take it for granted. Shame on us for forgetting just how spectacular his food can be.

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EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – 38. I-NABA

October 05, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, EATING LAS VEGAS - The 50 Essential Restaurants, Food, Reviews, Spring Mountain Road

38. I-NABA

Yoshi Honda’s I-Naba is more than just a jewel box of Japanese cooking; it is a state of mind: a peaceful retreat, practically hidden, difficult to find, that can soothe jangled nerves and calm finicky waters.

There is nothing fancy about it. A dozen or so tables, some simple art on the walls, and a wine cooler about the size of  a household fridge give scant indication of the subtle perfection coming out of this tiny kitchen.

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EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – 37. CLEO

October 02, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: EATING LAS VEGAS - The 50 Essential Restaurants, Food, Openings, Reviews

37. CLEO

Eating Las Vegas loves to hate “Mediterranean” restaurants. ELV — the man, the myth, the Greek god — considers that catch-all appellation to be synonymous with mediocrity.

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Hot Host and Hostess Watch – LE CIRQUE

October 02, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Hot Host Watch, Hot Hostess Watch

April, may I….include the always dapper Ivo Angelov with you in a Hot Hostess Watch post?

“Why of course, Mr. Curtas,” she responded, adding: “and by the way, that’s only about the 10,000th time I’ve heard that lame joke.”

(Cue ELV skulking away in humiliated silence.)

Last Call at CIRCO

September 29, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Wake

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I didn’t make it to Circo’s last night, last night, and that’s probably for the best.

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