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.
Sean DiCicco is not only the vice president of food and beverage at Mandalay Bay, but he’s the president of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation, a local nonprofit charity that provides scholarships and mentoring opportunities to Clark County students who want to work in hospitality or culinary arts. DiCicco graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is also an advisory board member for Le Cordon Bleu and served on the board of directors for Cheflive Las Vegas. Here he shares three of his favorite places for Thai, sushi and pasta.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
I like Chada Thai & Wine for Thai food, Sushi Fever on West Sahara for sushi and Siena Deli on West Sahara for fresh pasta and great Italian deli food.
What dishes are most memorable?
Siena Deli serves super cavatelli pasta with spicy Italian Sausage. At Sushi Fever, I’d say the “Dale Earnhart Roll” with soft shell crab and “Kiss of Fire” with jalapeños stand out most.
Why do you enjoy going there?
The common theme for me is consistent quality food, good service, fair pricing and they are all close to my home for convenience.