All participating establishments have curated pre-fixe menus for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Prices range from $20 per person to $80 per person.
The food is always worth it but, the best part about Restaurant Week here in Las Vegas is, for every meal you purchase; you are also providing up to 18 meals for the hungry.
I’ve taken on the challenge to attend a new restaurant every day of this event, even if I have to go it alone! I’ve chosen 12 different places with a $40 per person dinner menu and I have made all of my reservations.
Located inside the South Point Casino
Address: 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89183
Dinner for Two
Boyfriend finally had a day off to join me for dinner. Don Vito’s was the first restaurant that I’ve been to this week that had their Restaurant Week menu blown up and on display at the front of their glass doors and the menu was readily at the table. I was a little annoyed that once they realized we were perusing the Restaurant Week menu, they immediately removed their everyday menus so I didn’t get a chance to look through them. It’s not like I would’ve ordered anything off of it, I just wanted to see what it looked like and what other foods they offer.
Inside, there was that extreme fine dining vibe but, I wasn’t a fan of the color scheme. They carted food around instead of carried it and the dishes were sat under those tin covers when on the way to the table.
The mural on the back wall was beautiful. It’s an Italian restaurant so they were also going for a bit of an Italy vibe. I just wasn’t feeling “fancy,” no matter how much the servers acted like I should’ve. I liked the design on the booths but, the chairs, ceiling tiles, and carpet were bleh. I think they are in need of a renovation.
I was so excited that boyfriend was with me because I was able to try more off the menu. There were three courses offered here and free wine.
I’m not a fan of wine unless it’s sangria but, I ordered it anyways because hey, it came with the meal and I knew boyfriend would drink it whether it was good or not.
We were able to choose between Cabernet or Chardonnay. We both went for the Cabernet. It smelled wonderful and had a fruity taste at the first sip… then, a shocking bitter, dry aftertaste hits. I didn’t like it but, boyfriend really enjoyed it and drank both cups.
We were given a basket of complimentary breads and crisps, it came with an olive oil, tomato, garlic, basil (and probably other ingredients) sauce. There were 2 different rolls: garlic knots (my personal favorite) and these square ones with melted cheese and red peppers on top. There were also 2 different crisps: one that had melted cheddar cheese (it tasted like Cheez-Its) and the other one had shredded parmesan. I ate 2 and a half garlic knots and boyfriend ate the square rolls. The olive oil sauce was delish!! I was nervous to eat the big bulbs of garlic at first but, I’m glad I did because they were phenomenal.
For my first course, I chose the Tuscan Mussels. They were oven baked with Parmesan bread crumbs, butter, parsley, and roast garlic. The creamy sauce baked over the plump piece of mussel meat mixed with the bread crumbs… ooooh, it was heavenly.
Boyfriend chose the Chicken and Andouille Sausage Cannelloni garnished with a peach chutney. We both weren’t sure what we were going to get because we had never heard of a cannelloni before. I was surprised to see how big the portion was when it arrived. I had a few bites of it without the peach chutney; I liked it. It was just a bit too rich and heavy. Boyfriend said the chutney was cold while the rest of the dish was hot so it didn’t mix well. Warm peach chutney sounds a lot better to me, too.
With my main entrée, came a side dish of their farfalle pasta topped with a simple marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. The noodles were perfectly al dente, the sauce was okay… a little sweet and a bit mediocre. It didn’t really complement my Medallions Vito.
I loved the poached pear and fig reduction sauce over the very well-cooked pan seared twin medallions. While I think these pieces of meat were well-cooked, I feel the quality of the meat was low. It had a dry texture, like an overcooked sirloin steak. I love asparagus but, these were too oily.
Look at that glorious chunk of beef on top of those beauuuutiful pappardelle noodles! The Short Ribs Barolo braised with pancetta and mushrooms was almost perfect! The sauce could have used less tomato and though, the fall-apart tender beef tasted just fine to me, it was boyfriend’s main entrée– not mine. He claims it could have used more seasoning.
DESSERT TIME!! Mine was called the Twix Bar Tartufo, it had Dolce De Leches ice cream, topped with shortbread cookie crumble, and a hardened chocolate ganache. WOW WOW WOW, this was fantastic!! I loooved the shortbread cookie crumble and how everything just stuck together for that perfect bite! So many different textures and flavors that worked insanely well together.
I only had the tiniest bite of the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cannoli but, boyfriend worried, “I’ve never had a good cannoli before but, I hope this one changes my mind!” He took his first bite and exclaimed, “this is the best cannoli I’ve ever had!” I especially enjoyed the chocolate chips and the filling tasted exactly like cheesecake. The shell was nice and crisp, I like that it wasn’t super sweet… almost more of a bread taste than a dessert. I’m not sure I’d give this a full 5 stars but, it wasn’t my dessert and boyfriend wants to rate it that way. 🙂
I’ve got three days of Restaurant Week under my belt now; 9 more days to go!! I can not wait to eat all the food!!