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.
Ralph Scamardella [Photo: Tao Group]
Ralph Scamardella heads up two of the most profitable restaurants in the country — Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian and Lavo at the Palazzo. Here, the corporate executive chef for the Tao Group shares some of his favorite places to dine when not heading an empire.
Where do you enjoy eating when you're not working?
Ichiza, Monta Ramen and Harbor Palace
What dishes are most memorable?
At Ichiza, they have a jalapeño fried rice that hits the spot every time.
Harbor Palace has a dim sum service during the week that has the best crispy roast pork with hoisin sauce.
Monta has a very simple menu, a few ramen noodle dishes. I always order the traditional with the pork broth and I add kimchi and corn.
Why do you enjoy going there?
I really enjoy going to all three of these restaurants because in their own way they remind me of my travels to Asia. I have a strong passion for Asian food and flavors. Ichiza is great because it has a virtually endless choice of Japanese "pub" options that are off the menu, you just have to know what to order or read the Japanese handwriting on the wall.
· All Coverage of Tao Asian Bistro [~ELV~]
· All Coverage of Lavo [~ELV~]
· All Dining Confidentials [~ELV~]