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Cosmopolitan’s Vincent Pilon Shares His Favorite Places to Dine in Las Vegas

The executive pastry chef dishes on some local places to eat

Vincent Pilon
Vincent Pilon
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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 readers to these potential discoveries, Eater Vegas enlisted some of the city’s food players to share their recommendations for a feature dubbed Dining Confidential.

Executive pastry chef for the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and master chocolatier Vincent Pilon started his formal culinary training at L’école Jean Ferrandi in France, then attended L’école de Paris des Métiers de la Table to learn more about the world of chocolate. Pilon worked in various pastry and chocolate shops throughout France before moving to the United States, where in 1996, he worked at Le Palais du Chocolat in Washington D.C. He moved to New York City to work with Francois Payard at the Payard Patisserie & Bistro before moving to Las Vegas. He worked as an assistant pastry chef at Bellagio and assistant executive pastry chef at the Rio, and most recently he was executive pastry chef at Mandalay Bay. At the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, he works on the resort’s culinary in-room dining and VIP menus. He also has a line of chocolates exclusive to the hotel. Here he shares some of his favorites places to dine in Las Vegas.

Do you remember your first trip to Vegas? What happened that was memorable?

My very first trip to Vegas was in 1993, when I was celebrating my 18th birthday. I was an apprentice in France, and with my first paycheck, I bought myself a trip to the southwest to tour California, Arizona, and Nevada. This was very memorable to me as this was my first trip to America! And as they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

What made you decide to move to Las Vegas?

My journey started in France. I had lived there until I was 22 years old. The East Coast had a similar vibe to Europe for me, but I was always attracted to the sunshine states on the West Coast. I was living in New York, and the opportunity to open Bellagio came to me in 1998. In New York, I was basically living on my friends’ couches with only a backpack full of clothes. I jumped at the chance to move to such a bright and sunny state, and it was a culture shock, but I fell in love with Las Vegas. It has been my home for the last 22 years.

Where do you like to eat breakfast in Las Vegas?

The Coffee Cup in Boulder City. It’s not the fanciest place, but it has the vibe of “America” and what I love about this country. It’s a great change of scenery and a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of Vegas, but still so close to home.

What about lunch?

Big B’s Texas BBQ. I love the ribs and brisket. As soon as you walk in, you’re hit with the aroma of the smoked meats. It’s also a great place to go to watch one of my favorite sports teams. Go Pack Go!

If you’re going out for dinner, which restaurants do you like to frequent? What makes them special? Any dishes you can recommend?

Trattoria Italia, located on Eastern Avenue. It’s a low key place, but the owners are from Italy, so they know good Italian food. It’s not Americanized; it’s definitely authentic Italian.

Where do you like to dine for a special occasion?

Scarpetta at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The food and service are top notch. I love to dine in a place where I can have an intimate conversation with whomever I’m with. It’s rare to dine in a restaurant on the Strip where it’s not too loud, and I love to be able to relax and have a great meal there. The short rib agnolotti, duck and foie gras ravioli, and the branzino are my absolute favorite dishes.

Are there any brunches in town you like to frequent?

Echo & Rig at Tivoli Village has an excellent brunch. They have a great patio that is nice to enjoy on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The menu has a nice variety, and all the food is decadent.

Let’s say you want to hang out with your friends after work. Where do you like to go?

My ultimate favorite place to hang out with friends is at my house by the pool, but for a nice place to get together with friends after work is Yard House at Town Square. I love the wide variety of beer on tap and the fun atmosphere.

All Dining Confidentials [ELV]

America

3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 740-6341 Visit Website

Big B's Texas BBQ

3019 Saint Rose Parkway Trail, , NV 89052 (702) 260-6327 Visit Website

Mandalay Bay

3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-7777 Visit Website

Scarpetta

3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 698-7960 Visit Website

Tivoli Village

400 South Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (702) 534-0000 Visit Website

Town Square

6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 269-5000 Visit Website

Eat

707 Carson St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 702-534-1515 Visit Website

Echo & Rig

440 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145 702-489-3525 Visit Website

Las Vegas

, , NV

Yard House

800 West Olympic Boulevard, , CA 90015 (213) 745-9273 Visit Website

Trattoria Italia

9905 S Eastern Ave #140, Las Vegas, NV 89123

The Coffee Cup

512 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005 (702) 294-0517 Visit Website

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000 Visit Website
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