Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 | 1:01 a.m.
Carbone, the Greenwich Village sensation that made waves in New York City’s dining scene, made its debut in the Entertainment Capital of the World on Monday night with its opening at Aria.
It’s the first domestic expansion outside New York City for Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick as they introduced their concept to Las Vegas reinvigorating classic Italian-American cuisine with tableside service, world-class sourced ingredients and award-winning culinary craftsmanship.
Our Carbone preview, with details of this restaurant sensation with its $65 veal parm and $90 lobster, was posted Oct. 13.
“The glamour, history and attitude of Las Vegas make it a perfect fit for Carbone,” said Jeff, managing partner. “We are not just replicating the New York City restaurant. Our guests will experience a Carbone specifically for Las Vegas.”
Chef-partner Mario said, “It is very exciting to be a part of the booming food scene happening on the Las Vegas Strip. We are committed to bringing Las Vegas a truly memorable dining experience that is unlike anything this city has seen.”
If New York is the theater, then Las Vegas is the opera: San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk created an atmosphere that parallels the one-of-a-kind theatrical edge and Italian vibe of the restaurant.
The space has been transformed into a series of rooms that progressively transport guests into inviting yet contrasting ambiances with a Vintage Las Vegas swagger.
The Blue Room is a white loggia, available for private dining, that opens through a series of elliptical arches to a blue environment that welcomes guests into the restaurant and front bar area. The golden-tipped lighting illuminates walls of tiles from New York subway stations.
Retro flooring mirrors the design of Las Vegas Sands’ pool as seen during The Rat Pack era. The Red Room is inspired by the Milan Opera; the main dining room exudes glamour with its floor-to-ceiling Murano glass crystal chandelier commissioned for a Ferrari showroom in the 1960s.
Renowned artists throughout the restaurant fill Carbone in Las Vegas with artwork, with pieces from Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, David Hockney and more.
Expect indulgent dishes and showmanship that made Carbone an instant hit in NYC. While the rest of the restaurant scene is scrambling to go casual, Carbone defies the trends by elevating Italian-American cuisine into the fine-dining realm with all of the fun and none of the pretension.
Carbone favorites included spicy rigatoni vodka, veal parmesan, lobster fra diavola and meatballs served by its iconic waiters, called Captains, who guide guests through the dining experience.
Each waiter was hand selected by the Carbone family to ensure the caliber of service and create an even greater spectacle with the restaurant’s tableside presentations in the larger space.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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