The latest out of the Mirage has Portofino, the Italian restaurant from chef Michael LaPlaca, shuttering at the end of the year and eventually taking over the former Samba Brazilian Steakhouse. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that “there’s no word on exactly what role LaPlaca will play in that project, [but] we’re told he will be involved.”
Onda Ristorante became Portofino back in February 2014, five months after LaPlaca took over the kitchen with dishes such as arancini "crab cake," snapper en cartoccio baked in a paper bag and burrata agnolotti with lobster, corn butter and chanterelles.
Samba shutters on Aug. 31 after a nearly 20-year run at the resort. Official word out of MGM Resorts International doesn’t indicate what will replace the Brazilian steakhouse.
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