At BRIO at Town Square Chef Lou Sassetti has rolled out a new menu for the summer season. Known for fantastically ample plates, they have created some truly unique specialty items: Burrata & Ciabatta, a creamy burrato cheese, somewhat like buffalo mozzarella, served with roasted tomato, EVOO and grilled ciabatta bread; Bruleed Parmesan Creme, consisting of creamy parmesan, balsamic roasted grapes, also on ciabatta; and new open-faced, braised short rib sandwiches with white cheddar and caramelized onions.

Pork tenderloin, wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of white beans, pancetta, rosemary, escarole, and tomatoes is the moistest tenderloin I have had. For dessert a new flourless chocolate torte, served with gelato and roasted almonds is sure to please. VP of Operations, Kenna Warner, is a fabulous host, and travels the western half of the country for both Brio and Bravo. The location at Town Square has a private dining room, big enough to hold 50, and more than ample outdoor patio space. They also have a location at Tivoli Village on the west side of town.

If you want to stay with the much loved menu, there is plenty of pasta, seafood and specialties to try. The Sicilian cauliflower, creamed spinach and kale, or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes are great side dishes. They also offer menu items that are 650 calories or less, and some gluten-free items. 6653 S Las Vegas Blvd 702-914-9145

WORLD OF BEER, based out of Tampa, Florida is heading our way to the Galleria Mall. Just starting construction, and hoping to open by summer’s end, World of Beer will feature over 500 brands in bottles and over 50 beers on tap. With an inventory of 27,000 craft beers, the creator, Wolfgang Hauck, has plenty to pick from as he will rotate them frequently. With 80 locations, this is one of the fastest growing pubs in the country. It’s all part of a new trend, and we look forward to seeing this pub, restaurant and sports bar open... Opening his first World of Beer in 2007, Wolfgang Hauck immediately set out to grow across the country and that he has done.

PUB 365 is opening soon inside the Tuscany Suites and Casino. Featuring 365 rotating craft beers and 40 drafts, this spot will be for all beer lovers. The beer servers will be trained to provide pairing suggestions for guests to complement their meals. There will be plenty of small bites, burgers and tacos. Located on the east end of the casino floor, there will be a separate dining area for private events. PUB 365 will have a beer loyalty program that gives members the chance for prizes, tap parties and a personalized tap on the pub’s “Founder’s Wall.” Opening daily from 11-4 a.m., and serving lunch, dinner and late night eats. 255 E. Flamingo Rd. 702-947-5861

PIZZA LOTTO SLICES & SLOTS at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino is a new addition to dining downtown. Taking over another restaurant in the El Cortez, Pizza Lotto features artisan-crafted specialty pies or build your own favorites. Meatballs, salad and stromboli are all on the menu. The World Famous Garlic Rolls have to be tried. Serving wine and beer, it is a casual place. There are slot machines in the room, so push a button or two while you are waiting for your order. Open Sunday thru Thursday, 11-10, Friday and Saturday 11-1.
600 Fremont St. 702-474-3677