Dining Out with the Harrises
The “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro Celebrates a Three Year Milestone at Buddy V’s Ristorante in Las Vegas.
It’s been three years since we met with Buddy Valastro and his family over dinner as hundreds of fans clamored for a look at this iconic family. It was only fitting that we return and break bread once again and catch up on this very busy man.
The La Famiglia Anniversary menu is something to behold. We started with a fresh Panzanella Salad with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and focaccia croutons. Of course Grandma’s Meatballs are always a must and a rich, juicy Chicken Parm is hard to pass up. While finishing up with Buddy’s Tiramisu it was time to catch up with the “Cake Boss” himself.
Chef, we have been here from the very beginning seeing your success. It’s been three years in Las Vegas. How does that feel?
Wow! It’s been such an amazing journey. The restaurant has grown over the three years. We are busier now than we have ever been. Usually restaurants start off hot and then they go down. We have been on a building trend. Honestly, we are just trying to do things the way the concept was thought up. We have approachable old fashion Italian food. The food is inspired by the culinary rock stars in my life: my mom, my grandma, my wife and my dad. And, I could not ask for better partners than Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla. They do an amazing job here and we look forward to another 100 years of Buddy V’s and good family food.
You came from the northeast. Now that you have been here for three years is there anything that has surprised you so far about Las Vegas?
You don’t sell as much fish. Seafood doesn’t go as well in Las Vegas. We had a couple of different things on the menu but we had to switch off. The bakery and the restaurant complement each other. We call them the one two punch here.
Looking ahead, do you have any plans for a Budddy V’s anywhere else or any new cookbooks coming out?
We are about to sign another book deal. We have four books that I did. Timing has been crazy. Between the two restaurants, thirteen bakeries, a commissary and my own production company it’s been busy. I do all my own television. I film four different television shows that I star in. This year I will probably put out fifty or sixty episodes of television. All of this and still being a dad of four, a brother, a son and a husband.
We just want to congratulate you on your anniversary and success over the last three years.
You guys honestly have been a part of this from day one. The fact that it is growing and continuing to do well we are happy. It’s been an amazing journey. People ask me how do I stay nice after long days and traveling. My fans love me and I love them back. I appreciate them. I owe them my energy and time.