Carla Pellegrino, the chef and owner behind Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina in Henderson, announced plans to call it quits on Tuesday night.
On Facebook, she told fans that the rent became a “heavy burden,” and decided not to renew her lease. She does tease plans to open “another unique concept,” which she plans to announce in the next 90 days.
Back in 2016, a reckless driver plowed through the front of the restaurant, which caused Bratalian to close for about eight weeks to renovate. In 2015, she left her Miami restaurant Touché to return to Vegas. Previous stints included Bacio at the Tropicana, Meatball Spot at Town Square, and Rao’s at Caesars Palace.
In 2013, she appeared on Top Chef, leaving the chef competition early after cutting her hand.
Bratalian originally opened in 2011, combining dishes from Brazil and Italy in a casual space with linens hanging from the ceiling. Pellegrino’s sister Alessandra Madeira worked with her at the restaurant.