photos by Shelley Stepanek

CliQue Bar & Lounge at The Cosmopolitan unveiled its new appetizer and drink menu last week. The beautiful lounge is always packed. The new menu features four mini lobster tacos with grilled mango, avocado and cilantro with a freshly made guacamole sauce. The veggie sliders on honey wheat buns, with vegan cheese and sauce, accompanied by sweet potato fries has three on board. Organic veggie summer rolls have a small side dish of spicy peanut sauce, which everyone loved. Again, three on the plate. There are also spicy pizza pockets with sauce. The new signature drinks are Ruby Rose, which contains Grey Goose vodka, Grapefruit Rose Cordial and lemon with hibiscus sugar; and So Fresa, So Clean with Tequila, Aperol, watermelon and strawberry accompaniment. If you are a gin drinker, we have one for you: Two Birds One Stone, featuring Tanqueray 10, Silver Cachaça, sherry, Dry Curacao and yuzu citrus with a slice of basil on the side. Wrapping it up for a dessert, there are deep fried Oreos served with marshmallow or Nutella, and crispy fried apple pie wontons with caramel or Bavarian cream. The bar has plenty of seats, and the lounge is large overlooking the hundreds of guests roaming the casino. A great place to relax after a show.

Giada De Laurentiis, of the fabulous Giada in The Cromwell has opened a grab-and-go spot inside Caesars Palace. Named Pronto, it’s a very large space for a quick bite, but there is a gift shop of course. Included is a Counter Culture coffee, hot or by the bag, hand selected wines and the most fabulous muffuletta sandwiches in the world. Fresh, appealing, with lots of seats, Giada has really done this upscale. Salads, other style sandwiches and desserts are of course on the menu. @GiadaVegas.

Ferraro’s, the staple of Las Vegas restaurants, with its Paradise location across from the Hard Rock Casino, served up a special media dinner to introduce their new menu. At this location for 8 years and in town for more than 30, Ferraro’s cannot be beat for fabulous Italian cooking. Everything is made in-house, with two pasta rooms for a start. They have an 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. tasting menu for $25. Some of the new items include fried quail lollipop, and soft apulia cheese with roasted carrots and almonds-sorrel pesto. Their fettuccine, with fresh Pomodoro sauce, or their spaghetti, with olive oil garlic, Calabrese pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano are perfecto! Fresh Atlantic salmon, with caper-lemon sauce and spinach, or chicken breast with mushroom, small potatoes and veal sauce is certainly mouthwatering. Don’t forget dessert, with favorites tiramisu-cannoli plates combined. On the regular menu, gnocchi Pomodoro, or pappardelle Mimmo pasta with scallops, lobster, asparagus, butter sage and truffle are a must try. They serve plenty of pizza if you just need a light snack. If you are looking for a full meal, their osso bucco is some of the best in town. Music during the weekend, a long bar and a huge outside deck. Don’t miss Ferraro’s, owned of course by Gino Ferraro, with his Executive Chef Francesco Di Caudo, both masters of food and drink.