photos by Shelley Stepanek

TERRAZA BY CAFÉ AMERICANO has opened at Caesars in Las Vegas. And what a fantastic patio café it is. In front of Caesars overlooking the tent where the famous Absinthe show performs, this is a great new venue. With plenty of shading, misters and its own 12-seat outside bar, Terraza features a 9X16 screen for football viewing, videos or perhaps a meeting presentation. Walk directly into the patio or go thru Café Americano. There are 18 tables, enough to seat 60. Terraza features Asian, Tex Mex, Latin and American food and is open 24 hours a day. We tried shrimp ceviche, short rib tacos, steak roll sliders, calzones, mini steak banh-mi sliders and a quinoa dish. They also serve fries smothered in gravy, curried garbanzo bruschetta and KFC steamed buns. Finishing up we had a nutter butter milkshake, always a favorite. 

TERRA ROSSA is truly a one-of-a-kind great Italian experience. Executive Chef Dan Rossi is bringing hearty classics and rustic flavors to this beautiful Red Rock eatery. Located on the west side of the resort in the old Salute Restaurant, this amazing place will serve you up the finest of dinners. With a beautiful outdoor patio, bar and private dining room, diners will have a great evening feasting on magnificent dishes. I got to experience it and was delighted. We started with a beautiful drink, called the Tarantella, made with Glenmorangie 10-yr, Cynar, Creme de Cacao, Demerara, smoke, and orange bitters that had a smoky taste, and went to a White Negroni, made with Tanqueray. Our private room of 12 guests ordered everything family style. The high-end appetizer plates with both green and black marinated olives, fabulous parmesan cheese bites, salamis and artichoke hearts with some spreads to go on the bread was the starter. There was a carpaccio plate, giant Gambari shrimps and meatballs. Three rustic pizzas arrived, and then came the salads. The Caesar was crisp and satisfying, while the Mista with shaved fennel and the Capressa were the perfect touch. Tarantella pasta, rigatonis with meat sauce and spaghetti are all on the menu. The steak, Bisteca alla Fiorentino, was a 28 oz Double R Ranch for two and was perfectly done on a grill. There are eight veal dishes to pick from, along with plenty of chicken and fish including salmon. All breads are baked daily and they use only the very highest imported ingredients. And don’t forget the desserts, especially the Tiramisu. 5-11 nightly, 702-797-7777. 

CINNAMON’S!  Yes, I talked about them before. But they have just added a lot of new items to their breakfast and lunch menu, so they deserve a new go round. Featuring many Hawaiian dishes, such as mahi mahi, kalua pork or smoked salmon egg dishes, crab cake Benedict and lox & cream cheese with salted salmon, this mixture of Hawaiian, Chinese, Italian and a little bit of love is what Cinnamon’s is all about.   Newest items they have are a cheeseburger omelet w/country tots, pork adobo and kimchee fried rice with a scoop of potato macaroni salad; and a seasoned chicken with a Chinese-style green onion/ginger topping. And we all know they are famous for their pancakes, so the newest addition is a Cinnamon Roll Pancake. New lunch items include a Bun & Burger Combo, with Huli-Huli chicken alongside pina-cole-slada. That’s slaw for short! The Las Vegas Green Burger has fresh spinach, sautéed mushrooms, jack cheese, parmesan cheese & a garlic-cilantro aioli. The Chicken Katsu-Kalua Pig & Cabbage combo has Japanese-style fried chicken with dipping sauce and smoky roasted Hawaiian pork with cabbage. Taco, prime, or curried chicken and papaya salads, grilled cheese, or Ruebens are regular staples to name a few. Cinnamon’s is known for its Prime Rib Loco Moco, an in-house roasted with demi-gravy and horseradish cream. This place is definitely Hawaiian, as they have three restaurants in Hawaii and two in Japan and are fast expanding this great new concept. Owner Alika Nam will go out of his way for whatever you request.  Take-out orders for sure. Will cater.  And they sell the best Hawaiian coffee! Open 7 days, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
7591 W. Washington.  702-478-7027.