Scott Conant, a frequent judge on Chopped, made quick work of revamping the former Salute Italian Trattoria at Red Rock Resort into Masso Osteria. Now the chef plans to debut his new restaurant on Friday, Feb. 16, with a decor inspired by the desert and a menu of Italian fare.
Conant plans to serve whole sea bass al forno, tagliata di manzo, lamb shank, steak Fiorentina, stromboli, creamy polenta boscaiola, a wood-roasted clams casino, and perhaps his most famous dish, pasta al pomodoro.
Conant even introduces a clever cocktail, the Lightbulb, with Bols Genever, Campari, and sweet vermouth, served in a light bulb. A portion of the proceeds from every one of these Instagram-worthy cocktails will benefit to Keep Memory Alive, the charitable effort to study and prevent brain diseases in cooperation with Las Vegas’ Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Conant chose the word “masso,” which is Italian for “boulder,” “to reflect the rocky desert landscape that surrounds his adopted city.”
Conant got his Vegas start with D.O.C.G. Enoteca and Scarpetta at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. D.O.C.G. closed in June, and Conant is no longer involved with Scarpetta.
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