Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cafe Giorgio: Las Vegas
It is so pleasing when you stumble upon a restaurant that you know nothing about, decide to eat there, and then have a delicious meal. While walking through the Mandalay Bay to the Luxor, we wanted to get a bit for lunch. As we pondered over where to eat, we passed by Cafe Giorgio, an Italian place of which I was unfamiliar.
But the menu looked good so we chose to give it a chance. I would later learn that it is one of the restaurants owned by restaurateur Piero Selvaggio, who also owns Valentino, located in the Venetian Resort. is widely considered one of the modern fathers of Italian Cuisine in America. I previously dined at Valentino and had an quite a good meal. Cafe Giorgio is a more casual restaurant, presided over by Sardinian Executive Chef Nico Chessa.
The lunch menu has many familiar items, from pizzas to lasagna. Sandwiches range $7-$9, pizzas $13-$16, pasta dishes $13-$17, and entrees $15-$17. And before your food arrives, you receive fresh bread.
We started our lunch with the Antipasto Combo ($15) which has prosciutto, smoked prosciutto, Parmigiano, olives, tomato bruschetta and caprese with fresh basil. It is plenty large enough for two people and I was impressed with the freshness of the ingredients. The prosciutto was delicious, and obviously high quality. An excellent start to our meal.
Then, our pizza came, a cheese pizza with bacon (about $14). Again, the ingredients seemed to be very fresh and the pizza was very tasty. It was more of a thin crust, and the crust was very good, cooked perfectly. It had real bacon atop it, and not artificial bacon bits. We finished the entire pizza, not wanting to waste a single piece.
We got lucky, finding a very nice, casual restaurant with delicious food. Service was excellent, and I would return here again. I expect the rest of the menu items are probably equally as good. If you want some casual Italian in Vegas, then stop by here.
3900 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV
Phone: (702) 262-4000