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.
Case Cicchelli [Photo: Triple George Grill]
Case Cicchelli wanted to be the most well-rounded restauranteur he could, so after graduating from Michigan State University, he enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Culinary program in Orlando, Fla. He apprenticed at Isleworth Country Club under certified master chef Russell Scott and cooked for residents Tiger Woods and Shaquille O'Neal. Cicchelli moved on to the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead and then the Chicago Four Seasons as an assistant food and beverage manager, overseeing the hotel's 345-room amenity program. He first came to Las Vegas as an assistant manager at Verandah at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and then Mon Ami Gabi. Now he's the general manager of Triple George Grill and Sidebar.
"Being part of the DT3 project is a very exciting time for me," he says. "Making the move downtown was an easy decision for me. Seth [Schorr]'s vision is going to take downtown to the next level in hospitality." Here, he shares three of his favorite places to dine in Las Vegas.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you're not working?
Carson Kitchen, SW Steakhouse and Echo & Rig.
What dishes are most memorable?
When I dine in Las Vegas I consider three things: consistency, convenience and value.
Carson Kitchen: The "Devils" Eggs dish topped with caviar and pancetta hits all the right spots. You know a restaurant is popular when you look around the room and half the guests are wearing chef coats.
SW Steakhouse: Sautéed foie gras with strawberry chutney and rhubarb broth. Who doesn't love foie gras? Service is flawless. It's a special room that everyone should experience while in Vegas.