Awaiting hungry patrons in the food courts at Palace Station, Flamingo, Luxor, and MGM Grand casinos, Bonanno's New York Pizzeria pays out big with piping-hot pizza and pastas. Cooks blend spaghetti with sauce-strewn meatballs and meld tasty chicken parmigiana and baked ziti. They hand-toss their pizza dough before topping it with classic ingredients, such as pepperoni, sausage, or Grande mozzarella, and toast the marinara-soaked spheres in brick ovens or over pits of lava.
The oppressive rays of the desert sun are no match for the towering palm trees and shaded cabanas that surround the Blu Pool at Bally's Las Vegas. As sunbathers cool off with chilly cocktails or float around the heated swimming pool, a rotating lineup of DJs orchestrates live sets throughout the day. Nestled behind rows of poolside chairs, a row of rentable green cabanas enshrouds guests in a private space replete with a television, refrigerator, and an array of amenities including misters and a complimentary bottle of liquor. Servers dole out icy cold soft and hard drinks along with bar fare that should be liberally coated in nature's sunscreen: ketchup.
Music swells in Le Provençal, ricocheting off the murals of the serene French countryside as waiters dressed in traditional peasant attire serenade diners with French and Italian numbers throughout the night. Nestled in the Paris Hotel and Casino, the restaurant introduces diners to the French countryside through steamed mussels, brick-oven flatbreads topped with smoked bacon or capers, and hearty parmesan-crusted chicken. It also prepares its house specialty, the bouillabaisse, and serves it tableside out of a vast cast-iron pot that bubbles with saffron-tomato broth and seafood, like a witch’s caldron but without the accidentally included pointy hat.
Located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, directly across from the V Theater, Lombardi’s Romagna Mia has been serving rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of the Vegas Strip since 1999. The eatery’s authentic bent comes from its owner, mega-restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, who is a native of the Italian Emilia Romagna region. Seating options include long, secluded tables for large groups, ample bar seating, or a jumble of patio space just beyond the front doors for diners to enjoy the beautiful fountain a few steps away. The menu includes everything from homemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas to Italian cheesecakes made with mascarpone cheese imported from Italy. A gluten-free menu lists several pizzas to boot, plus Lombardi’s offers a strong lunch and brunch menu. They can even work up some on-site catering magic for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, the spirit of friendly competition hangs in the air at db's Pong & Pool Hall, which is home to 20,000 square feet of beer-pong tables, foosball machines, and dartboards. The hall welcomes eagle-eyed beer-pong players to compete in cash tournaments and pool players to sink the 8 ball into the corner pocket or a beer glass turned on its side. If their draft beers haven't been spilled on the felt, patrons can sip them while huddling around high-definition TVs to cheer on their teams or sauntering over to the pub's stage to catch a live performance.
Sprawling over 60,000 square feet inside and out, TAO is a place for the footloose, the fancy, and the free-spirited. Mingling Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai cuisines, the menu entices gourmands with exotic entrees, and the dimly lit dance floor throbs to big bass beats. Plush chaise lounges with luxuriously wide cushions flank the pool at TAO Beach, a great place to relax or get romantic while chicken fighting. TAO’s portrait of opulent pleasure is completed with grace notes such as a hand-carved, 20-foot-tall Buddha, a meditative indoor koi pond, and backlit floral screens overlooking the booths.