Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich to try their hands at a burger and beer restaurant in Las Vegas
The menu will feature burgers made from top-notch American beef and beer from craf breweries in Las Vegas and Southern California.
It seems like dynamic duo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich are adding yet another restaurant to their already expansive list of co-owned eateries: B&B Burger and Beer.
Set to open in September 2013, B&B Burger and Beer will feature burgers made from top-notch American beef, and beers from craft breweries in Las Vegas and Southern California. Salads, sides, and shakes will also have a place on the menu.
Although Batali and Bastianich have opened a variety of restaurants nationwide including Babbo Ristorante & Enoteca, Casa Mono ,Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria and B&B Ristorante one element of similarity is demonstrated in the men’s commitment to “thoughtful and memorable food, intelligent wine lists, and an emphasis on living life to its absolute fullest," says the press release.
The Venetian and The Palazzo are consistently praised for their gastronomical contributions not only to Las Vegas, but to the nation at large, “[Batali and Bastianich] will continue to help us to set the standard for culinary excellence in Las Vegas,” says John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo.
If Batali and Bastianich’s previous endeavors are any indicator, then we have high expecatios for B&B Burger and Beer.
Mario Batali counts 26 restaurants, nine cookbooks, numerous television shows and two Eataly marketplaces among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness.
This winter, Mario opened Eataly Chicago – the second U.S. outpost of the hugely successful artisanal food and wine marketplace. The 63,000 square-foot artisanal market is located in the heart of Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue district.
This December, Mario, along with business partner Joe Bastianich opened their fourth restaurant in Las Vegas. B&B Burger & Beer in The Venetian Hotel & Casino is a casual 120-seat space, featuring a menu of local ingredients and a beer-driven beverage menu that spotlights beers from Las Vegas and other local craft breweries.
Mario is the author of nine cookbooks including the James Beard Award Winning, Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes (ecco 2005) New York Times Bestseller Mario Batali Italian Grill (ecco 2007) and Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals form My Home to Yours (ecco 2011).
For their dad’s fiftieth birthday, Mario’s sons Benno and Leo, compiled a cookbook of the recipes they cook as a family during their summers in Northern Michigan. In May 2013, the boys took their tome to the masses with The Batali Brothers Cookbook (ecco 2013).
Mario appears daily on ABC’s “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food.
Chef Batali’s Recipes
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Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich Shutter One of Their Vegas Restaurants
B&B Burger & Beer, the restaurant at the front of the Venetian from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, closes on Sept. 30. Parent company B&B Hospitality Group indicated the move was in anticipation of the opening of Eataly at the Park MGM in late 2018.
B&B’s fourth Las Vegas restaurant opened in 2013, taking over the short-lived Rattlecan space from Sammy DeMarco. The menu features the Drive-Thru Burger, one of the best burgers in Las Vegas.
The duo also plans to renovate B&B Ristorante, their Italian restaurant at the Venetian. Batali says that the makeover will make the restaurant more “light and feel a little more bar-y and casual.” Cooking will take place in front of the guests as well. …the food will be the same kind of Batali-Bastianich stuff. You know what you’re getting, and maybe it’s not recognized as a born-in-Italy dish but Italians will taste it and know it’s authentic through its simplicity and purity.”
B&B Burger and Beer Las Vegas
This is the first post in the Winter in Vegas series.
I’m not a huge meat person.
Sometimes I think I could get by perfectly fine without eating any red meat. But then occasionally, I do find myself craving a good burger. More often than not, I find that my favorite burgers come from steak houses. I think it’s because steakhouse burgers typically use much better quality meat (it’s probably made from all the trimmings from their gorgeous steaks).
Plus, if I’m not in the mood for a whole 16+ oz steak (and face it, most steak houses only have larger cuts of meat), I like getting the burger because it’s a much more manageable amount of meat, it’s usually delicious, and it costs a lot less.
For a long time, my favorite burger in Las Vegas was the burger at Carnevino, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s steakhouse in the Palazzo. Their steak is phenomenal (in fact, their special 9-month dry-aged Riserva steak is one of Bryan’s favorite steaks in the world). Their burger is also excellent, and one of my favorites.
In 2013, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich opened B&B Burger and Beer, a casual burger spot right inside the Venetian. The best part? B&B Burger and Beer uses exactly the same proprietary brisket and chuck blend served at Batali and Bastianich’s steakhouse, Carnevino, but with lower prices and many more creative options.
The burgers vary from classics to more creative, “dressed up” burgers. There’s also a “Your Way” section where you can build whatever burger you want ($11 based price plus additional cost for add-ons). Finally, they do offer several other types of sandwiches and subs, such as a Pastrami sandwich ($14), a Meatball sub ($16), or a Lobster roll ($21). A small variety of snacks, salads, and sides round out the menu.
Oh, how could I forget? And some fun ice cream shakes!
We ordered Onion Rings ($7) to share. They were nicely breaded with a solid crunch, and overall very good.
We also got the Pickles ($7), an unusual assortment of deep fried pickles and pickled vegetables (bell peppers, celery, and carrots). I personally though the pickles were a tad sour for my tastes, and I preferred the deep fried version.
We ended up choosing to order the 6-oz “Your Way” Burgers. Bryan ordered a pretty classic cheeseburger piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. He also added grilled mushrooms and chose the potato bread.
I went with a simple hamburger with avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and heritage bacon (yum!). I chose the sesame seed bun.
The burgers are delicious here and pretty reasonably priced considering its location on the Strip. The beer selection is pretty decent, with many craft beers from all over the U.S. I ordered the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on tap (yum!).
We never made it inside the restaurant because there were seats “outside” facing the casino floor (you could watch a number of sports games on multiple huge screens). Occasionally we’d hear a roar from the crowds watching the football game on the screen, which was kind of fun.
There is also a real outdoor patio facing Las Vegas Blvd as well as indoor seating.
All in all, the food is good and it’s a convenient place to stop by for lunch or dinner. We happened to be at the Sands Expo Center for CES, so it was the perfect place to catch a quick lunch before heading out to hike in the afternoon. More on that in another post!
B&B Burger and Beer
3355 Las Vegas Blvd
LA’s Eataly Has Officially Cut Ties With Disgraced Chef Mario Batali
Shoppers can finally rest easy, as gourmet Italian marketplace Eataly (with locations in Century City, Las Vegas, and beyond) has officially cut ties with Mario Batali. The disgraced celebrity chef had retained his minority stake some two years after sexual misconduct allegations first came to light. Batali has been little seen in public since 2017, and he finally finished divesting from his other restaurant ventures with partner Joe Bastianich several months back. In May, Batali pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal indecent assault and battery, and is out on bail. He faces a new hearing on August 30.
60 years strong
The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake is celebrating 60 years with a bunch of throwback prices. Today and tomorrow there’s a reduced-price, old school menu on offer from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and over the weekend there are beer samples, stein fills, and food deals galore.
More than just coffee
Two Guns Kitchen is now open at 601 S. Figueroa. The cafe offshoot of the popular South Bay coffee shop does everyday basics like salads, sandwiches, and breakfast food from a 1,600 square foot space meant to appeal mostly to workers nearby.
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MGM Resorts gets OK to fully open 9 Las Vegas casinos
The recipe for celebrity chef culture is equal parts food, spectacle, excess, hype and fun. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas is where celebrity chefs will gather for Bon Appetit’s food festival, Vegas Uncork’d (May 8-11).
Food Network luminary Giada De Laurentiis, ready to open her first-ever restaurant at the new Cromwell luxury boutique hotel/casino, will cook during Uncork’d alongside Bobby Flay at Caesars Palace’s Mesa Grill on May 8. Flay himself has added another restaurant to Vegas with the recent opening of Bobby’s Burger Palace in The Shops at Crystals.
Uncork’d will mark Daniel Boulud’s Vegas return with an event at his new DB Brasserie in the Venetian earlier in the day. And things could get raucous as revelers close out a night of culinary shenanigans at the Burgers, Beer and Boozy Shakes afterparty inside Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s new B&B Burger & Beer also at the Venetian. On Friday, events include a baking demo from “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, who recently teamed up with local restaurant powerhouse Elizabeth Blau to open up Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Uncork’d is just a preview of a delicious Vegas summer ahead. Here’s a taste of what to expect.
Vegas’ new hotness kicks off at Monte Carlo’s Yusho from veteran Chicago chef Matthias Merges. Here, Japanese street food meets refined cooking in dishes from yakitori duck breast to grilled shrimp ramen to charred eggplant buns and twice-fried chicken. The Rose. Rabbit. Lie. supper club at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is where you can indulge in large-format cocktail flasks and rare champagnes while eating crispy oysters Rockefeller and short rib stroganoff as you take in a cabaret show. Resilient rock star chef Kerry Simon, not letting his wheelchair-bound battle with multiple system atrophy slow him down, will serve short-rib sliders and “Devil’s Eggs” with pancetta and caviar at his new Carson Kitchen downtown. Wynn Las Vegas’ renovations of Italian seafood palace Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and Chinese fine-dining destination Wing Lei have freshened up the look of two of the Strip’s finest restaurants.
See and play
Britney Spears does it again and again at her new residency at Planet Hollywood while Bruno Mars’ extended Cosmopolitan engagement includes May and August dates. Cirque du Soleil has added to its empire with the glorious Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay. Over at Steve Wynn’s XS and Encore Beach Club, the one-two nightlife/daylife punch heralds new DJs that include Zedd and DJ Snake. Marquee at the Cosmopolitan counters with a new roster featuring the likes of Cedric Gervais and Jamie Jones while Hakkasan at MGM Grand adds Deep Dish and Afrojack to its stacked summer lineup. If bars and live bands are more your thing, there’s an 80,000-square-foot outpost of bowling/music venue Brooklyn Bowl (more than three times as large as the Williamsburg original). Bands there this summer include Spoon and the Avett Brothers.
. or as we called it, "All You Can Eat BarMASA Hand Rolls."
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Mario Batali: Spring into the new season with a delicious carrot cake
I am not a big fan of sticky or cloying cakes, so this carrot, hazelnut and ginger cake from my latest cookbook -- "America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers" ($35, Grand Central Life & Style) -- is the perfect dessert to welcome spring.
There is an entire spectrum of carrots, including red, yellow and purple varieties, each with its own appeal. Sugarsnax carrots are extra-sweet and delicious in this recipe if you can find them at your local farmers' market. Though they are available year-round, carrots are most tender and at their peak from March through October.
The moist but firm texture and haunting vegetal sweetness of this cake reminds me of great wine, and the mayonnaise in the recipe makes it especially moist. I also like the molasses in the frosting it seems odd but is crazy good. It balances the sweetness from the granulated and light brown sugars with bitterness and sour notes. In a jazz band, molasses would be the smooth bass player every girl crushes on. If you love that as much as I do, proceed immediately.