Spiaggia in Chicago, when it was run by chef Paul Bartolotta, was one of my favorite restaurants in the country and perhaps the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy. After he left we were all left in a bit of a void as to where to have extraordinary and real (albeit pricey) Italian food.
While he had opened a restaurant in the Wynn Hotel in Vegas close to five years ago, I only had a chance to eat there a couple of days ago. It’s opulent and isn’t focused on local sourcing, but what can you get in terms of local products in the dessert?
At Ristorante di Mare chef is importing dozens of types of Italian fish and has a fantastic cart that lights up to best show them off. He also officially resides in town, which few chefs have historically done in Las Vegas. He also has a handy chart showing how much of each he has on hand. The seafood comes out fresh, sautéed and fried, in all kinds of divine interpretations. Barlolotta also does the classics, like rich pastas, in high style. All of these are served with fantastic, and sometimes unusual, regional wines such as the Kerner 2008, from Alto-Adige, which was beautiful and balanced. Many wines from super-cool climate, northern locales have the acidity and elegance to pair with so many seafood dishes.
Liza the Italian Wine Chick