Mezzo popped up out of nowhere a few months back (because let’s face it: north Rancho Road is the middle of restaurant nowhere), and has become an overnight sensation. That’s because it signals the return of Marcus Ritz,
chef extraordinaire, and for years the man behind the stoves at Marc’s on Buffalo at Lake Mead. That Marc’s is still Marc’s but it isn’t Marc’s if you get our drift. Mezzo is Marc’s, from the bone-in double cut pork chop “Chico,” to fresh pasta with Tuscan cream sauce, and a $15, kick ass chicken marsala, this place is seriously good at criminally cheap prices. Marc even does his own house-made sausage and deep-fried pizze dough with powdered sugar (for the Italian street fair lover in all of us).
Mezzo Bistro Italiano
4275 N. Rancho Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
No one was happier than yours truly when ex-Commander’s Palace chef Carlos Guia landed at Louis’s Low Country Cuisine restaurant in the Town Square Shopping Center on the south Strip. Guia carries out Louis Osteen’s Pawley’s Island cuisine to perfection, and South Carolinian Osteen seems to be always around to keep things that way. The food is more subtle and less spicy than the Cajun and Creole firecracker dishes Guia whipped up at Commander’s, but no less satisfying. Outdoor dining, a great bourbon bar (at Louis’s less formal Fish Camp next door), gumbo from heaven, roasted oysters, sea trout with Carolina peanut sauce that’ll make you think the salt air is just over the horizon…..there’s no reason to eat anywhere else on the South Strip
Louis’s Las Vegas
6599 Las Vegas Blvd. Building P, Suite 210
Las Vegas, NV 89119
One of the coolest things yours truly gets to do every year is vote for the BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD, for RESTAURANT magazine (a British publication). Only 32 voters come from North America, and they must have eaten at every restaurant voted for within the past eighteen months. And you must vote for at least two restaurants that are NOT in your geographical comfort zone. Which is why The Food Gal and I are always hopping planes to Europe and Asia.
The winner this year (for the third year in a row) is El Bulli (The Bulldog), in Roses, Spain. I haven’t made it there (yet), but have eaten at 15 of the top 50, and 29 out of the top 100. Not bad for a sharecropper’s son, eh? ;-}
Click here for full list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
FYI: This year I voted for Pierre Gagnaire (Hong Kong), Dal Pescatore (Cannetto sul’ Oglio, Italy) and Troisgros (Roanne, France), worldwide, and Daniel, Joel Robuchon, and Guy Savoy (in North America).