My favorite thing about Las Vegas is the plethora of fantastic fine dining (my second favorite thing is the free drinks). I love trying new places, and Vegas restaurants rarely disappoint. The ultimate in convenience is eating at the resort you’re staying at. It eliminates the hassle of taxis, traffic, and 100+ degree temperatures. Since we had friends staying at The Palms last weekend, we went to their Italian restaurant, Nove for dinner.
Nove is at the top of the Fantasy Towers, which (I think) is The Palm’s newer building. The walls are floor-to-ceiling glass, and they look out over The Rio and The Strip. As soon as I walked in, I regretted not bringing my better camera.
The decor is beautiful, although you probably know that I’m partial to purple. Aren’t the chandeliers awesome? I was so glad that Dawn had reserved us a table by the window. The sun sat while we enjoyed our dinner, so we got to enjoy the day and night versions of the fabulous view.
As soon as they delivered the bread to our table, they really started winning me over. Not only was it mixed (variety is the spice of life!) but instead of boring old butter, they brought us olive oil, red pepper flakes, and a fluffy little pile of parmesan cheese.
Then they brought us these little bites (tomato and eggplant bruschetta). Both of these looked better than they tasted. I’m the first to say presentation matters, but food is meant to be eaten so it really should taste good.
Next we enjoyed a tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad. It was gone before I could even snap a picture! The way they swirled balsamic vinegar and pesto on the plate really made the salad something special. I’d order it again in a heartbeat!
Then it was time for the main course. I always struggle to decide on an entree, and I frequently enlist the server’s help by asking what s/he recommends. When I asked him, he listed a couple of things that didn’t appeal to me, then said “we also have a lobster ravioli special ton-” I didn’t even let him finish. I yelled “done” right in the middle of his sentence. As soon as I it came out of my mouth, my friend’s husband looked at me with wide eyes. It was like he’d never seen someone who loves food before…
Unfortunately, the ravioli was disappointing. The veggies in it were delish, but some of the pieces of lobster were chewy, and the flavor was only good. It doesn’t hold a candle to the lobster linguine I recently had at The Strip House.
I was too full for dessert, but I’m glad that Dawn shared some of her gelato with me. It was some of the best I’ve ever had (and yes, I have had it in Italy). It was so rich and heavenly. I might have had more than one bite, and left dinner a little sick (hint: that definitely happened).
Overall, we had a really nice dinner together. I was glad we had coupons, because the food wasn’t worth the prices on the menu. I definitely wouldn’t venture over to The Palm’s for it if I was staying somewhere else, but if you’re not then the convenience can’t be beat. And if you go for a later dinner, you can take a back door up to The Playboy Club!
I was sad to see my friends go, but this was the perfect way to wrap up our time together.