Lunch in Las Vegas usually consists, at least for me, a long drawn out meal where I end up with a few too many drinks and then a long walk along the strip dreaming about a two hour roll on the craps tables. I usually look for a seat that affords me a great view and I almost always will start with a drink that dictates my meal. A Vodka Collins, a Gimlet, a Mojito, they all set the tone for an afternoon meal where I am not returning to the office, I'm just enjoying my vacation. The good food comes out as does the wine or a cold beer and, well, you can imagine how the rest of the day goes from there.
Pancetta wrapped meatloaf with the port wine sauce over mashed potatoes. That's it, followed by a glass or two of red wine. I have had this dish so often that I am sure my stomach would revolt if I ever stopped. I try to get a good view of the people walking by in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and simply waste away my afternoon in a meatloaf induced trance.
Simply put, this place is fun. A restaurant described as fun? Consider the fact that every one is very nice and the food is great and you can see what I mean by fun. However, the wine is what you should go to Enoteca Otto for, the kind of selection that will make you melt if you are incredibly fond of Italian reds.
Tapas, Sangria and a mix of conversation and a little flirtation over lunch and you have the ideal Las Vegas lunch spot. Small plates are exactly the way I love to eat especially if the drinks are flowing. The space is great because the energy from the Aria Resort seems to flow through the dining room and it really gives you reason to indulge in that Las Vegas way. In other words, you'll have good food, great drinks and possibly way too much fun.
This selection is simple, if I want to engage my taste buds, if I want to impress my palate and if I want to delight in a variety of flavors. You'll realize that you love ingredients that you never thought about and you will swear you want to move to Las Vegas just to put Wazuzu on a weekly rotation. My new "go to" dish is the Roti Panang to go along with the drunken noodles
Am I so simple that I find pure pleasure in a burger, fries and a cold beer? Well, actually, yes, but that only means that you can walk into BLT Burger at the Mirage and enjoy a burger and a beer and no full well that I have done my due diligence in finding the one place that my well worked palate found immensely pleasurable. So have at it, indulge in some beef between some buns and toss in a chocolate shake while you are at it.