Las Vegas’ newest experience catering to the luxury traveler: Eataly at Park MGM

Eataly Las Vegas and Park MGM exterior/Photo credit: Francisco Lupini/Eataly USA

(Las Vegas, NV) – Eataly Las Vegas will open December 27 at 5 p.m. in the city’s newest resort, Park MGM. The 40,000-square-foot culinary destination, located directly on the famed Las Vegas Strip, will serve as Park MGM’s main entrance and feature a vibrant space full of unique food counters, bars, cafés and dining experiences offering traditional, authentic Italian food, all helmed by Executive Chef Nicole Brisson.

The $550 million transformation of the tired Monte Carlo property, which began December 2017, incorporates two distinct hotel experiences: a Las Vegas version of the acclaimed NoMad Hotel, which just opened, and the launch of a new luxury hotel named Park MGM. The Park MGM offers impressive luxuries to travelers.

Eataly, the unique italian food experience created by Oscar Farinetti, began in November 2002 as a simple idea to gather under one roof high-quality food at sustainable and reasonable prices for ALL, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create an informal, natural, and simple place to eat, shop, and learn. While all Eataly locations implement the “Eat. Shop. Learn.” philosophy, which encourages guests to: Eat sustainably sourced fare with quality ingredients; Shop the best Italian and local products available; and feel empowered to Learn about Italian culture and cuisines; each store maintains a unique identity.

Eataly Las Vegas interior/Photo credit: Francisco Lupini/Eataly USA

Eataly Las Vegas will introduce several new experiences, most notably Cucina del Mercato, or “Kitchen of the Market,” an open, counter-to-table space that will shatter the barrier between restaurants and the store – a first for an Eataly in the United States. The venue will consist of six different fresh counters where guests can eat what they shop, and shop what they eat. Experiences will include:

  • La Macelleria: Butcher & Kitchen: La Macelleria will allow guests to choose any cut of sustainably sourced meat from the case and watch the chefs prepare it right before their eyes, or they may bring the protein home to cook. Guests will have the option to order from the chef’s selection of small plates and grilled specialties, or house-made sausages and traditional dry-aged beef. A small selection of Italian wines and beers will be available to pair with each cut.
  • La Salumeria: Cheesemonger & Kitchen: It wouldn’t be an Eataly without salumi and formaggi, which is sourced from Italy and the United States. Guests can enjoy a selection of meat and cheese boards curated by Eataly’s cheesemongers, or create their own from a variety of options.
  • La Pizzeria: Roman Handcrafted Pizza alla Pala: Here, guests can pick up pizza alla pala, a favorite street food from Rome. This type of pizza is made with a dense, long-rising dough, stretched on a wooden paddle and then topped with seasonal ingredients.
  • La Pescheria: Fishmonger & Kitchen: La Pescheria will feature a seasonal selection of fish from fishermen and distributors who adhere to sustainable fishing methods. In addition to the fishmonger’s selection of small plates and seafood pasta, the venue will provide guests the option to select daily catches and watch chefs cook the specialty item just steps away in an open kitchen, or allow them to bring the delicacy home to prepare. La Pescheria also will carry a daily selection of seasonal oysters, as well as pesce crudo – Italian ceviche – served with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
  • Italian Street Food: Il Fritto, La Rosticceria, and Mozzarella Bar: Serving up typical street food specialties from Italy, the Italian Street Food counter will be divided into three distinct areas: Il Fritto, offering lightly fried bites like arancini and fried seafood; La Rosticceria, serving rotisserie roast chickens, seasonal vegetables, and panini; and Mozzarella Bar, offering house-made mozzarella favorites.
  • La Pasta Fresca: Market & Kitchen: At this fresh pasta counter, guests can watch the pastai (pasta makers) knead, roll, cut, and form intricate shapes by hand. Each pasta type is inspired by the traditions of a different Italian region, and will be paired with traditional sauces made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Seasonally, guests can order fresh black and white truffles by the gram.
La Salumeria: Cheesemonger & Kitchen/Photo credit: Francisco Lupini/Eataly USA

Eataly Las Vegas also will feature a robust bar program, with three new venues that showcase iconic Italian cocktails and spirits, as well as one of the largest selections of Italian wines in the U.S.:

  • Gran Caffè Milano – Gran Caffè Milano will be an upscale, full-service Italian bar inspired by the elegant cafes of Milano. This high-end, yet approachable bar will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Gran Caffè Milano is an ode to the Italian appreciation of fine art, with its beautiful, yet functional Italian design, including a replica of the famous bull mosaic in Milano. Casino-goers take note: this iconic symbol brings good luck to those who place one foot on the mosaic and spin three times.
  • L’Aperitivo – Located at the main entrance of the store, L’Aperitivo is the recommended first stop at Eataly Las Vegas. The bar will offer a quintessential Italian cocktail experience, featuring a selection of Italy’s most iconic concoctions. From the ever-popular Venetian Aperol Spritz to the classic Negroni and all its variations, each cocktail will be carefully crafted with Italy’s finest spirits and ingredients.
  • L’Enoteca – L’Enoteca is Eataly’s premier bar and will feature a wide selection of regional Italian wines by the glass or bottle, craft cocktails, and Amari (Italian bitters). Inspired by Italy’s many enoteche (wine bar), this bar will showcase a library of more than 80 Italian regional wines by the bottle, all located between Park MGM’s casino entrance and the Cucina del Mercato concept.

Guests also can enjoy two tried and true classic restaurants from Eataly in Las Vegas: Manzo, which will open Jan. 23, and La Pizza e La Pasta; or select take-away options from Pizza Alla Pala By the Slice and La Pasticceria (pastry shop), enjoy a coffee from Caffé Lavazza, or try sweet temptations from Il Gelato, I Cannoli, Nutella for Eataly, or Il Cioccolato Venchi. Eataly Las Vegas also will offer a marketplace and gift shop, where locals and visitors can take home pastas, grains, sauces and more imported from Italy, and giftable items such as Eataly-branded apparel, housewares, and keepsakes.

Education, another key pillar in Eataly’s philosophy across all locations, will remain a crucial element of the Las Vegas store. Guests will be able to watch experts in various departments make fresh pasta, bread, gelato, mozzarella and more. The location also will feature an interactive experience with Chef’s Table, which welcomes guests of all ages and encourages people to explore their senses and the world of high-quality food through live culinary demonstrations. Guests seated at the table will learn a variety of authentic cooking traditions ranging from how to shape gnocchi to understanding the difference between Toscana and Sicilia extra virgin olive oil.

Guests may deepen their knowledge of Italian wine at Eataly Las Vegas’s wine shop and tasting table. The wine department will carry more than 400 Italian wine labels, hailing from all 20 regions in Italy, and will host complimentary tastings daily. Inside the wine shop, guests can stop at a sampling table called La Bottega del Vino, where they can enjoy wine-by-the-glass selections poured through an enomatic wine preservation system.

“We created Eataly Las Vegas with possibility in mind because anything can happen in Las Vegas,” said Nicola Farinetti, CEO of Eataly USA. “With this store, we have evolved our ideas for how to deliver authentic Italian cuisine, and we are excited to join the destination with so many new venues and concepts.”

Eataly Las Vegas will join Park MGM and Nomad Las Vegas’ spectacular culinary program, which includes: Roy Choi’s Best Friend, Hogsalt Hospitality’s Bavette’s Steakhouse and NoMad Restaurant by renowned Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, among others. For more information, visit Eataly or Park MGM online.

Park MGM and NoMad Hotel

In December 2017, a $550 million renovation began of the former Monte Carlo Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The re-design aimed to shift from the once no frills, lower end resort to a luxury property catering to a more luxury based experience.

The property, which includes 2,700 renovated rooms includes two hotels: Park MGM and the NoMad Hotel. The spacious Park MGM rooms offer a modern design, custom furniture and eclectic artwork like mixed media, photographs, and found objects from Paris-based creative studio Be-Pôles.

The NoMad Hotel is a place of rendezvous and romance, where elegant evenings and moments of chance mix with extraordinary food and gracious hospitality. The design is a collaboration with Jacques Garcia drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings of the desert with a nod to the glamour and playfulness of The Strip. The hotel offers a highly personalized and holistic service paired with understated sophistication, comfort and intimacy.

The entrances are distinct for guests of each hotel on the property.

Guests on both sides of the property will have access to the resort’s new Pool Oasis which was designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the pastel-chic outdoor escape channels the sun-drenched south of France. The outside entertainment area features three pools with shelf seating and submerged wet decks, an oversized heated spa, lounge areas, and multiple bars. New York style, Posh pool-goers should settle into a plush chaise in the VIP area by the East Pool or book one of 12 private cabanas, which come complete with amenities like a 55-inch LED television, a misting system, large-format bottle service, and ample comfy seating.