photos courtesy Carnevino Steakhouse & Blackout

Carnevino Steakhouse Will Host a Battle of Cuisines

September 9, the award-winning Carnevino Italian Steakhouse with have a “battle” of the dinners, between Spain’s Anthony Sasso from NYC’s Casa Mono and La Sirena Ristorante and Carnivino’s Las Vegas Arnold Corpuz for Italy. This will be a seven-course menu with wine paring and is the newest part of the guest chef dinner series featured at The Palazzo restaurant. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Sasso and Corpuz will be featuring dishes from each of their respective countries, letting guests taste and sample each one. The menu will be both traditional and newly created entries. There will of course be dessert provided by Pastry Chef Ashley Pietrafeso. Sasso came from Spanish heritage and works mainly with local Catalan specialties, adding them in as his position as executive chef at the two New York City restaurants. The first course will consist of Camaron Crudo, vs. Ricciola Crudo. Second course, Razor Clams from both. Third course Escabeche, Spanish macherel faces off against Pesce Scapece, squash and grilled eggplant. Fourth course, Albondigas soup vs. Polpette, a variety of veal meatballs. Fifth course, Canelones Rellenos, vs. Manicotti. Sixth course Pequena Costilla, olive oil-poached pork belly vs Costolette, red wine braised short ribs, and finishing up with Flan, vs. Bonet, glazed figs and pomegranate. Priced at $185 per person, it includes wine and gratuity. Visit spainvsitaly.splashthat.com for tickets.

Stay on the lookout for future dinners at this wonderful steakhouse. Future guest chefs will include Nancy Silverton and Shirley Chung. Silverton, along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, are co-owners of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in L.A., Newport Beach and Singapore. Chung is a former Top Chef contestant. Follow Carnevino on Facebook or twitter @Carnevino.

A Whole New Concept in Dining

Blackout- “Dining in the Dark,” is the newest addition to a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Las Vegas. With all the high end, ethnic and celebrity chef places, no one else has ventured out into this market. It is a totally new concept in Las Vegas, though there are a few with the same idea around the country. BLACKOUT opened on July 7 on Valley View near Viking in a small but perfect spot for 50 patrons. It is a multi-course culinary journey of your senses in complete darkness.

Did you ever think what it would be like to taste, indulge, smell and feel your meal without actually seeing what is served? Can you tell what you are eating by guessing a new flavor on your palate, one that is familiar but you must wonder if you are right.

Blackout is totally different than anything you have experienced before. The lobby is very appealing, and they have lockers where your items are locked up. Therefore, no cheating with cell phone photos in the dining room. You are asked if you have any food allergies, or preferences as you won’t know what is being served.

With a prix-fixe mystery menu for lunch and dinner that will change seasonally, it is offered from four to six courses. Guests can choose from three different flavor profiles: sweet, spicy or savory. Each course has been beautifully designed to awaken your senses and keep you guessing. The wonderfully friendly waitstaff are equipped with night vision goggles and will guide and assist you to your table. They will then introduce you to your new “dark” environment. Opening this great new place are Rachel and Avi Levi, who originally opened Design & Dine “Eat, Drink Paint,” which allowed guests to eat while doing art. They were so successful that they have moved up with Blackout. “Our sense of sight is so dominated that once we no longer have it, all other senses become much more intense; the way we smell, touch and taste our food is a totally new experience,” says Rachel.

Reservations are strong, so be sure to make one. Blackout is a great spot for wedding parties, friend nights, corporate events and of course date nights. Even bringing Mom and Dad to Blackout will be a remembrance.

3871 S. Valley view Blvd. Ste 8 Lunch $44.95 and dinner $64.95. Hours are Mon-Sun noon till 11. 702-960-4000 dineblackout.com