A nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, New Vista Community hosts festive fundraisers throughout the year. Savvy to the pulse of the community, event organizers throw raucous events such as wine walks, which regale guests with the foolproof combination of fine food samples, wine and cocktails, and live music. Guests at the Brew's Best Hand-Crafted Beer festival sip free samples of regional brews, and at the lighthearted Adam & Eve's Love Fling, love-happy attendees and confused mannequin collectors bid on bachelors and bachelorettes.
Though many in the community may know New Vista Community primarily for these events, the organization dedicates its best energies to help those with disabilities. Founded in 1984 by three sets of parents with intellectually challenged kids, the charity provides group homes, assisted living, job training, and field trips to kids and adults.
The Luna Rossa Ristorante family tree is composed of five locations that all specialize in homemade pastas and thin-crust pizzas. Chefs drizzle vodka sauce over rigatoni noodles and ladle garlic white wine sauce over spaghetti with clams. Thin-crust pizzas are topped with premium ingredients like prosciutto, black olives, and baby artichokes. Sophisticated dining rooms welcome guests with dark-wood walls, tables dressed in crisp linens, and gold-framed paintings. Nightly entertainment livens the space with live music from jazz bands and singers who croon about Sinatra's depraved lobster dependence during his later years.
Each Auld Dubliner location must meet the stringent level of authenticity required by co-owner and Gaelic strongdrinker David Copley. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Copley might share a dirty poem if you ask nicely, but he's more likely to tell you that every part of his pub's polished wood, brass décor, and menu of toothsome Erin edibles was designed and crafted in Ireland and transported piece by piece to its new American home. Tuck right into pub classics such as shepherd's pie with ground beef and lamb ($12.95) or the for-more-than-St.-Patty's-Day corned beef and cabbage ($12.95). Other fare that comes with a shamrock stamp of approval includes the traditional boxty (a potato pancake), stuffed with delights such as Irish bacon and melted cheddar ($13.95) or Atlantic salmon with shallots and tarragon ($15.95). For a finish as sweet as a "yes" from Molly Bloom, the Irish-whiskey crème brûlée adds a twist to the traditional dessert.
With Sonrisa Grill, California natives Tim and Chanthy Walsh bring a slice of south-of-the-border cuisine to MonteLago Village. As the head chef, Tim refers to his spread as "San Diego Mexican," which comprises everything from halibut, prawn, and salmon tacos to 8-ounce filet mignon served with chipotle mashed potatoes. The menu includes traditional Mexican eats, too, such as enchiladas and various tapas dishes. Visitors to Sonrisa?which means "smile" in Spanish?enjoy Tim's creations inside the restaurant's colorful dining room punctuated with a 7-foot fountain. They can also venture out to the romantic patio alongside Lake Las Vegas to soak up sunsets and watch in awe as astronauts quickly assemble and turn on the moon.
Behind the sushi counter at Marssa, veteran sushi chef Kazuki Tozawa delicately carves up fresh seafood into unique creations as guests look on. One-of-a-kind fushion rolls include his hamachi fiesta, with crab meat, avocado, and tiger, which blends tempura shrimp with avocado, snow crab, spicy tuna, and sweet eel sauce. Authentic asian-fusion dishes include the pineapple miso salmon, which boasts seared miso that is marinated in Scottish salmon and pineapple chutney. Aside from seasonal fish that is flown in from around the world daily, guests can enjoy certified A5 wagyu New York strip steak. Marssa also offers a tasting menu and features homemade soy sauce.