EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – Number Seven


Paul Bartolotta isn’t around much anymore. He moved his family to New York last year, and now does the celebrity chef-thing: swooping into town occasionally, according to dictates of his contract, just to make sure the best seafood restaurant in Las Vegas is still doing his name proud. Make no mistake, it still is, and is still one of the best seafood restaurants in the country.

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Vegas Uncork’d Salmon Smackdown on The Early Show

It may be a bit early to be thinking about your plans for Mother’s Day 2010, but if you’re Brad Ogden, Paul Bartolotta or Rick “Fishboy” Moonen, Christmas time is the right time to promote their restaurants, their hotels, and Las Vegas’s biggest and best culinary event.

And there’s no better place to do so on the food-friendliest network (CBS) morning news show, where these uber-chefs got a full ten minutes to strut their (and Vegas’s) stuff (an eternity in TV time).

Harry Smith and his gang gave the nod to Moonen’s salmon with fennel with blood oranges, but we at ELV thought the schoolboy bickering (Ogden to Bartolotta: “You need help with that?” Bartolotta to Ogden (dripping with sarcasm): I’m sure (yours) will be okay…”) made the segment worth watching.

So bicker on boys!

It’s a lot more fun than watching Rachel Ray make a Velveeta cheese pie with Triscuit cracker crust.

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