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.
Terrible's Town Casino & Bowling Center provides first-rate 10-pin recreation for expert lanesmen and gutter-ball masters alike. Outfitted with specialized scuff-minimizing bowling shoes, duos get three games each to demonstrate their ball-rolling prowess, time enough to peacefully settle long-festering feuds before pistols come out at dawn. Those whose bowling powers are only activated by food can take advantage of the snack bar, packing empty bellies with filling fare and amassing the necessary calories to disrupt adjacent games with gloating victory laps.
For more than 30 years, Lee's Discount Liquor has stocked its shelves with myriad spirits, beers, and wine, earning a readers' pick as the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best Liquor or Wine Store of 2012. Prospective imbibers get lost in a fluorescent catwalk of domestic and international tequilas, rums, cabernets, and microbrews, which deck out beverage collections with enough flavors to match any type of cuisine or postage stamp desired. Lee's Discount Liquor also hosts in-store tastings and an annual spirit-sampling event, which merges its myriad sips with entertainment from live bands.