Modern Ambiance & Italian Favorites: Matteo’s

Matteos No.1

One of the dilemmas when you are going to a show at the Venetian is where to eat before the
curtain rises. One choice that you won’t be disappointed in is Matteo’s. Located close to the
theaters the place features a treasure trove of Italian specialties.
There is an openness to the spot with views of the busy hallway close by and you can enjoy loads
of people watching. A large bar area is usually full and even though there are a lot of folks at the
tables the sound is dampened a bit with attractive wood roof slats.
The appetizer fare is divided into two sections: Seafood and To Continue. The first category
features Beu Soleil Oyster on the Half Shell with a chaser of apple fennel mignonette and lemon.
Seared rare bluefin tuna is accompanied with olive-sun dried tomato tapenade and herb aioli.
Sweet and spicy peppers accent the other section of the starter fare with soft cheese, and arugula
oil finishing off the dish. Foie Gras is available with pistachio, toasted brioche and blackberry
sauce.
Ten offerings are available in the Homemade Pasta section. I sampled the Calamarata with squid
ink scented pasta, scallops, calamari, shrimp and mussels in a slightly spicy tomato sauce.
Another pick was the Agnolotti with braised beef short rib-filled pasta and Reggiano cheese. The
only complaint was the portion could have been a bit bigger. My table mate inhaled the entrée in
record time.
Meat entrees are highlighted with Chilean Sea Bass that is prepared with squid ink potato
vallutata, braised leeks and marinated tomatoes. Lamb chops are from Australia and are
accompanied with fava bean puree, heirloom carrots, onions and mint juice.
A New York steak is certified Angus Beef with braising greens. Sides include brussels sprouts,
baked cauliflower and roasted potatoes.
The dessert list features Italian favorites like Panna Cotta that is constructed with mixed berries
and cocoa tuile. A traditional budino is a tasty concoction of chocolate raising walnut bread
pudding with caramel gelato and whipped cream. Homemade ice cream and sorbets are part of
the fun.
Not only will you find an assortment of dessert wines like Moscato but a 10-year old Portugal
port is also available.
Summer brunch is served Friday through Sunday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. A quintet of
choices includes breakfast pizza with organic egg, sauteed spinach, vine ripened tomatoes and
fontina cheese. Steak and eggs will get you going with beef that is wrapped with pancetta. Also
on the plate are pan fried eggs, roasted potatoes and arugula.

How about a cocktail for the late morning? Brunch Bellini is made with Laluca Prosecco and
white peach puree. Summer sangria is a mixture of pinot grigio, solerno, apple cider and
strawberry brunoise.
Modern ambiance and traditional Italian cuisine are the ticket at Matteo’s. Stop by for dinner
before the show or an evening-ending cocktail.
Matteo’s Ristorante Italian, Venetian Hotel and Casino. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
Brunch on the weekends. (702) 414-1222. Reservations recommended.

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