When your pre-dinner drink is served over blood orange ice cubes, it’s a clear indicator that you are about to be engaged in a wholly unique dining experience. Such is the case at Nove Italiano, one of Las Vegas’ premier dining establishments, located within the Palms Casino Resort’s Fantasy Tower (which is also home to the Playboy Club and N9ne Steakhouse).
Rather than having us pick and choose from a rather extensive and intricately crafted menu (83 percent of the specialty drinks had more ingredients than I could count on my webbed toes), Executive Chef Geno Bernardo alleviated any accountability on our part when he politely requested us to “trust him” as he promised to feed us well.
First out was the Salumi, a vast array of cured meats alongside Parmigiano, olives, and walnut pesto. Arriving at the same time was what wound up being a front-runner for the best Margherita-style pizza I’ve ever had (and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to eat some of the finest pizzas the country of Italy has to offer), and a plate of Octopus (grilled w/ lemon and rosemary) so beautiful it would have made the incredibly reserved and austere Big Poppa Plot squeal like a giddy little schoolgirl at a Justin Bieber concert. Continue reading