Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Las Vegas Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a day at the Canyon Ranch Spa in the Venetian, then had dinner at B&B, Iron Chef Mario Batali's restaurant, also at the Venetian.

The Canyon Ranch Spa is luxurious. They have a
spa restaurant, where we had a light lunch. I had the Caesar Salad and the Chicken Pot Stickers. Delicious, and healthy. The spa has everything you could possibly need: showers and dressing areas are stocked with plenty of hair dryers, hair spray, deoderant, soaps, shampoos, etc. Everywhere you look there are bowls brimming with fresh fruit, tables with bottled water, juices, hot tea. The massage tables are nice and wide. The massage and and facial that I had were top notch. I was told that the spa will soon be doubling in size and adding another full-service restaurant that will be open later and will be accessible from outside the spa.

You pretty much have to be a foodie to enjoy Mario Batali's creations. A table that was seated next to us left after persuing the menu. I heard one lady say, "they don't even have a basic salad." If you want basic food, B&B Ristorante is not for you.

The menu changes seasonally, but here are some sample offerings from last night:
The items in red are what we ordered. And we loved every morsel.

Marinated Fresh Anchovide with Braised Fennel $16
Warm Tripe alla Parmigiana $15
Grilled Octopus with Borlotti Marinati and Spicey Lemoncello Viniagrette $18
Warm Lamb's Tongue with Chantrelles and a 2-Minute Egg $15
Crispy Pork Trotter with Insalata Tricolore $15
Duck Egg with Guanciale and Truffle Vinaigrette $16
Calamari and Sepple Fritti $19


Goat Cheese Tortelonni with Dried Orange adn Wild Fennel Pollen $24
Bucatini with Braised Artichokes and Ricotta Salata $23
Lamb's Brain Francobolli with Lemon and Sage $21
Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail $26
Beef Cheek Ravioli with Black Truffles and Crushed Duck Liver $26
Black Pepper Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragout $25
Garganelli with Fungi Trifolati $23
Linguine with Clams, Pancetta and Hot Chiles $26


Coho Salmon with Cucumbers and Aceto Tradizionale $36
Madagascar Tiger Prawns with Raddicio and Pancetta $45
Grilled Quail with Scorzonera alla Romano and Saba $34
Duck with Sweet and Sour Cabbage $36
Rabbit with Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Pearl Onions $33
Fennel Dusted Sweetbreads with Sweet and Sour Onions, Duck Bacon and Membrillo Vinegar $29
Grilled Pork Chop with Cipolline, Peach and Vin Cotto $34
Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadita with Eggplant in Scapase and Lemon Yogurt $37
Barbecued Skirt Steak with Bloomsdale Spinach and Salsa Verde $37
Grilled Ribeye for Two with Roasted Potatoes adn aceto Manodori $120

Beef Tagliati with Rucola and Parmigiano $50
Black Spaghetti with Calabrese and Pink Shrimp $30

They also have two tasting menus for $85 per person. Accompanying wines $65 per person.

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