weather icon Partly Cloudy

Artisanal Foods specialty market open for business

Updated July 1, 2022 - 6:08 am

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said Artisanal Foods, at 4860 S. Eastern Ave., had permanently closed. The store is open for business.

◆ ◆ ◆

Zeppola Cafe at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner using treasured family recipes.

The breakfast menu features ricotta pancakes served with berries and syrup; a cremini mushroom omelet made with cremini mushroom and fontina cheese; and smoked salmon eggs Benedict made with two poached eggs, an English muffin, smoked salmon, capers and red onion.

The lunch menu includes Sicilian rice balls served with San Marzano tomato sauce and bruschetta made with crunchy flatbread and cherry tomatoes.

Dinner includes homemade gnocchi with Grandma Eugenia’s secret sauce; prime skirt steak with pesto chimichurri sauce and roasted tomatoes; hand-crafted lasagna made with salmon, mornay sauce, garlic and herbs.

In the bakery, diners can pick up decadent pastries, including bomboloni, a specialty Italian doughnut filled with cream and available in over 10 different flavors.

◆ ◆ ◆

Food and drink spots are assembling a significant presence at the $400 million UnCommons development in southwest Las Vegas. Last week, we reported on chef Nicole Brisson’s new Amari and several other planned spots.

Some other food places set to open in the development are an unnamed concept from Michael Mina, the James Beard Award-winning chef; a tiki tequileria (ooh, that sounds lethal) called Todo Bien; and Urth Caffé, a craft coffee pioneer with a location in Wynn Las Vegas and six in Southern California.

◆ ◆ ◆

The Watermark project in Henderson, whose planned restaurants we’ve also been reporting on, has another one in the works. It’s called The Big Sipper (which could be anything from coffee to fancy milkshakes to giant balloons of pinot). We’ll know more when we sit down with the developers in a few weeks.

◆ ◆ ◆

On Saturday, Tetsuya Wakuda, one of the world’s finest chefs (he’s got two Michelin stars), debuted Wakuda in The Venetian. It’s the chef’s first restaurant in the U.S. A signature offering: omakase meals ($500) in which diners place themselves in the chef’s hands to prepare dishes of his choosing.

◆ ◆ ◆

Looking into July, Waterfall Coffee & Cocktails will serve coffee, tea, pastries and snacks in the morning and Ketel One Botanical spritz cocktails in the afternoon and evening. The lush spot will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Venetian’s Waterfall Atrium.

◆ ◆ ◆

Emerald Island Grille has expanded. The 24/7 restaurant inside Henderson’s Emerald Island Casino has added breakfast specials, Sunday brunch, Steak House Saturdays, Slow Smoked BBQ Wednesday Nights as well as late-night and early morning specials.

◆ ◆ ◆

Jessie Rae’s BBQ is coming to Henderson at Boulder Highway and East Lake Mead Parkway. Management says it hopes to open by September.

Email tips, questions or feedback to ontheside@reviewjournal.com.

Chef Todd English continues to help shape Las Vegas food scene

Todd English is a Las Vegas chef for all seasons. Over the past 25 years, as the city became a top town for dining, the chef was there, helping to shape the shift (while also building a global culinary fiefdom).

New Italian bistro to open in September at Rampart Casino

At Rampart Casino in Summerlin, it’s the once and future Italian. Work is underway on Spiedini Fiamma Italian Bistro, which is taking over the old Spiedini Ristorante premises.

Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas this week

The Aces’ regular-season finale and shows by Rob Zombie and Jim Jefferies head this week’s list of things to do in Las Vegas.

Half Bird Chicken & Beer debuts in Chinatown

At chef Brian Howard’s new spot, rotisserie chicken is fundamental, the birds luxuriating for 12 hours in oil, lemon, garlic, thyme and sea salt.

Restaurant geared toward healthy eating expands to Las Vegas

With excess often the Las Vegas default, many of us could use a healthy reset or tuneup, if for no other reason than to get ahead of the holidays. Clean Eatz is here.

Randy’s Donuts opens first Vegas shop

Free glazed donuts are being offered on Aug. 16 from 6 a.m. to noon at the new Rainbow store.