Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
If you happen to be in Las Vegas celebrating a special occasion, have I got the place for you! It’s called Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and it’s in the Wynn hotel. Paul Bartolotta won a James Beard Best Chef award for this restaurant, and also owns nine other restaurants, all in Milwaukee. I haven’t been to any of those, but I’d bet the house they are cheaper than this one.
Yes, you are going to spend some big bucks, but it will be a memorable evening. The key is to reserve one of the outdoor cabanas that are situated around a lovely pond filled with floating metal balls. This comes at a price of course, a $150 per person minimum. But if you order cocktails and or wine, you’ll have no trouble crossing that threshold. Oh, and when you make your reservation, ask for Enrique to be your server; he’s a personable and charming young man from Italy. And since the menu will transport you to Italy, you might as well have the server add to that sensation.
At Bartolotta, it’s all about the fish and seafood. There are plenty of other fine options, but considering the restaurant gets their fish shipped in from Italy every day and it’s still alive when it arrives, you might want to tame your carnivore urgings for the evening.
It was my husband’s birthday and since he’s an all-pasta-all-the-time kind of guy, he enjoyed three courses of pasta. I started with one of those same pastas, lasagnette con ragù di crostacei , “rags” of pasta, lobster, shrimp, crab, white wine, tomato. Bobby Flay once said it was the best pasta he’d ever eaten and, though I probably wouldn’t go that far in my praise, it was fabulous. The sauce was extremely flavorful without being overpowering so the freshness of the seafood came through, and the pasta was obviously homemade.
Keeping with the seafood theme, my son had a squid ink risotto chockfull of seafood. We both ordered the Abruzzi style seafood stew for our entree and were not disappointed. The broth was rich, and the seafood and fish swimming in it made it a feast.
My husband’s other pastas included hand made ribbon pasta with shrimp, and spaghetti with langoustine in a spicy marinara sauce. He was a happy man.
Grand tasting menus are available and served family style, which would have been a fun way to sample much of the enticing menu had pasta not been the main focus of our dinner.
They brought us a special dessert; Tahitian vanilla bean semifreddo, with dried figs in red wine syrup and bitter chocolate sauce. It didn’t sound very good when I saw it on the menu, but it was. We also ordered a variety of gelato, each better than the other. A sweet ending to a memorable evening.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Hotel, Las vegas
When it comes to quality there are no expenses spared at Bartolotta. This Italian seafood gem has its crustaceans and fish flown in straight from the Mediterranean a few times a week, which offers diners signature items such as orata, purple snapper and pale pink langoustines. The food is outstanding – one of my favorites was the pink shrimp and the lasagnette.
Bartolotta is not just about the food though. Their service is just as flawless as the meal. The servers tend to patron’s needs with tremendous care, weaving in and out of the dining experience with deft expertise.
At Bartolotta you pay top dollar for an extraordinary experience. I think it is well worth the splurge for those really special occasions.
Here is some of what we ate:
Special Grilled Shrimp
Spaghetti All’ Astice
Lasagnette Con Ragu di Crostacei