James Beard Award-winning chef Julian Serrano singlehandedly owns the “small plate” Italian concept in Las Vegas at his acclaimed restaurant, Lago, at Bellagio. What’s a “small plate concept”, you ask? Think along the lines of tapas, except with Italian food. They’re smaller portioned plates that are easy to share, giving guests a very robust experience with Chef Serrano’s flavorful and delicious menu items.
Perhaps the most notable physical aspect of Lago is that fact that the restuaruant sits at the front-facing windows of Bellagio. This offer guests a chance, through floor-to-ceiling windows, to see the dancing Fountains of Bellagio. The restaurant’s décor screams “unique” with Italian Futurismo influences, including a colorful mosaic measuring 15 feet tall and spanning 100 feet wide, comprised of Italian glass portraying an aerial map of Milan. The abstract map includes colored backlit glass panels with a color gradient and bright metal accents symbolizing Milan’s roadways. Other features, including an exquisite glass-and-chrome mixology bar make the décor something worth experiencing in itself.
Chef Serrano’s outstanding menu sets the evening in motion with his stunning interpretation of Italian, each packed with distinct and unmatched flavors. Guests are able to mix and match these flavors, touring the bolder side of Italian cuisine. Recently, Brunch was added to Lago’s offerings. Now, in addition to fresh pasta, risotto, fish, meat, and such favorites as Potato Gnocchi with lobster knuckles and bisque, Osso Bucco with a red wine braise, Costa di Manzo (slow cooked short ribs), and much more, guests can also experience a three-course feast on Sundays.
For brunch, expect pastries such as Zeppoles, Bombolones, Cinnamon Rolls; mid-course items such as Raviolone, Shredded Salmon Salad, Duck and Polenta, Egglplant Parmesan Benedict, Pizzetta and Nonna’s Frittata; lastly, guests can finish their brunch with such items as Tiramisu, Panettone Pudding or Nutella Crespelle. What more could you want?
Lago is open for lunch daily Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call (702) visit Bellagio.com