Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots? The tipline is open.
Massimo Pisati [Photo: Green Valley Ranch]
Massimo Pisati loves to find out what dishes his guests like at Terra Verde, the Italian restaurant at Green Valley Ranch where he's the executive chef. He remembers the small details and likes to tweak dishes to accommodate his guests tastes. Pisati, born in Milan, Italy, worked at restaurants in Europe and Asia before coming to the United States to become the executive chef at Paper Moon Ristorante in New York City. Stints in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale led him to Minneapolis and Istanbul, Turkey, before joining Terra Verde this year. Here, he shares some of his favorite places to work when he's not cooking up Italian fare.
Where do you enjoy eating when you're not working at Terra Verde?
I Love Sushi, Michael Mina, Bouchon and Bartolotta.
What dishes are most memorable?
At I Love Sushi, the sushi rolls are extremely good and the sashimi is always fresh and pristine.
At Michael Mina, I enjoy the tuna tartare, the lobster pot pie and root beer float. These dishes are so good and I look forward to my visits there.
At Bouchon, the foie gras is unbelievable. Creamy, rich, one of the best foie gras dishes I have had in my life.
At Bartolotta, I love the fritto misto di pesce, pesce al sale and ALL of the gelato selections. They bring me back to Italy.
Why do you enjoy going there?
Sushi is fun. Michael Mina is the ambiance — very particular and elegant. Bouchon is like my house in the country and Bartolotta is like relaxing at the beach.