Chef Julian Serrano is oh-so close to opening his third restaurant in Las Vegas, taking a swing at Italian this time to complement his French and Spanish fare.
His restaurant Lago debuts in April, taking over the Circo space with a view front and center overlooking the Fountains at Bellagio.
Serrano, who already has the 15-year-old French restaurant Picasso at the Bellagio and his eponymous restaurant at Aria, explores small plates as well as whole roasted suckling pig, giant one-pound bone-in ribeye steaks and braised veal shanks.
"It has been an absolute thrill to re-imagine Italian cuisine for today’s small-plate culinary era," Serrano says in a press statement. "This restaurant will bring together food lovers of all generations who crave exciting and thought-provoking dishes along with excellent service and high culinary craftsmanship."
The menu includes sashimi dishes such as cedro-marinated shrimp and tuna served with blood orange. On the seafood side of the menu find shrimp-stuffed calamari, octopus served with intertwining tentacles or the pesce intero — a whole grilled fish served on a bed of lemons and drizzled with olive oil.
Serrano also included vegan and vegetarian dishes such as truffle-style mushrooms, Roman gnocchi with bleu cheese, and caponata — a sweet and sour Sicilian eggplant.
No Italian menu is complete without pasta, so Serrano includes a baked cannelloni filled with pulled short ribs and a mushroom risotto with tripe and fresh mint.
Serrano tries his hand at pizzas, serving three including a classic Margherita, the Nduja topped with gorgonzola and spicy Calbrese spread and a Bianca, covered in smoked provolone and arugula.
One more tease. Lago plans to have leather-aged cocktails.
Lago plans to be open from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly.
Below, the entire menu from Lago.
Your First Look at Julian Serrano's Lago Menu
His Italian restaurant at the Bellagio debuts in April
If you buy something from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.