We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.
We’re live today from Balla Italian Soul at the iconic SAHARA Las Vegas located on the fabled Las Vegas Strip.
“A recent addition to SAHARA’s award-winning culinary lineup is Balla Italian Soul, a reimagined Italian restaurant concept from James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain and partners Richard and Sarah Camarota of MC Hospitality. Balla’s regional, seasonal menu offers fresh and vibrant plates to Las Vegas locals and visitors alike. Balla Italian Soul restaurant offers everything you know and love about Italian cuisine made bold and fresh in a vibrant setting that celebrates Italian culture and la dolce vita. Signature dishes include Balla’s selection of aperitivos, handmade pastas, Roman pizzas, an array of fresh seasonal vegetable dishes and salads, and rustic fire-roasted meats and fish, as well as a Euro-centric, eclectic wine list, unique cocktails and playful desserts featuring espresso liqueurs.” Partner Richard Camarota joins us with a welcoming Balla Spritz in hand.
“Located on Main St in Las Vegas’ booming Arts District, SoulBelly touts killer creative regional bbq from the mind of a chef, with a strong emphasis on central Texas. Additionally offering deliciously simple cocktails, hyper-local beer, and live entertainment in a bustling venue. Their mission is simple – use the most responsibly raised, high-quality ingredients to create the best possible bbq, and just have fun!” Proprietor Bruce Kalman was previously the well-known Chef and Co-Owner of UNION in Pasadena, CA, and was Chef and Co-Owner of Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market in L.A.’s Grand Central Market before relocating to Las Vegas. His commitment to indigenous ingredients goes beyond the farmers’ market to build strong connections with local providers, keeping the operations’ carbon footprint low, supporting the local economy, and connecting diners to high-quality vegetables, meats, and cheeses straight from the source. He is known for his passion for nose-to-tail animal butchery” Chef Bruce Kalman is our guest with BBQ tongs in hand.
“SAHARA Las Vegas on the fabled Las Vegas Strip epitomizes the timeless soul of Las Vegas. With a bold, sophisticated flair and a boutique approach to personal service, SAHARA provides guests an intimate and unexpected experience that sets a new standard for Las Vegas. Completely remodeled and reimagined for a new era after a $200 million dollar renovation, SAHARA offers three distinctive hotel towers, a variety of five-star dining options and a world-class casino. With unexpected delights around every corner, SAHARA embodies the style, sophistication and playful sense of possibility embodying the spirit of Las Vegas—all while bringing the iconic Las Vegas experience to a new generation.” General Manager Paul Hobson is at our service.
“If you’ve been searching for a better hot dog, Snap-O-Razzo Hot Dogs have arrived to save the day! Created during the COVID pandemic by Las Vegas-based Chef Ralph Perrazzo, Snap-O-Razzo is a 100% American-owned company that has grown quickly from its humble beginnings. From early experiments in his former restaurants and home kitchen, Chef Ralph went through months of trials with large scale producers to reinvent the classic American hot dog experience using premium ingredients, no compromises. Snap-O-Razzo Hot Dogs are maple wood smoked, made with quality meats and fresh lamb casing for that unmistakable juicy snap with every bite. They’re higher in protein and lower in fat and sodium than most brands. With no MSG, fillers, additives, unnatural beef flavors, or gluten, they make you feel good and not guilty. It’s probably impossible to just have one.” Chef Ralph Perrazzo joins with a grilled Snap-O-Razzo hot dog in hand.
“Bazaar Meat® by José Andrés at SAHARA Las Vegas is a groundbreaking culinary experience. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés is the James Beard award-winning chef’s wild and wonderful celebration of everything carnivorous. This restaurant is memorable and made to impress. Enjoy nuanced, playful cuisine and cocktails for which Bazaar Meat by José Andrés has become known on both coasts, in a strikingly seductive setting.” Since it’s debut in 2014 Bazaar Meat has consistently ranked as one of the very top restaurants in fabulous Las Vegas! All of the four kitchens are visible to guests including the show-stopping Fire Pit. We nudge Executive Sous Chef Mariela Quezada away from her busy kitchens for a chat.
“In 1905 Gennaro Lombardi established the first Pizzeria in America. It was located on Spring Street in the heart of New York’s Little Italy. By good fortune, when Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza’s founders’ (cousins John Arena and Sam Facchini) grandparents came to America they settled just 50 yards away. Ever since those early days, pizza has been at the center of their family life. John’s and Sam’s parents got their first jobs feeding coal into the big bakery ovens where Sicilian pizzas were baked and carried out into the neighborhood to feed the immigrant families hungry for a taste of home. Over the years the time-honored skills of the Pizzaiolo, the pizza chef, have been handed down from their fathers, uncles, aunts, brothers and cousins – from one generation to the next. At Metro Pizza, John and Sam honor the great traditions of America’s landmark Pizzerias. Their dough is made fresh each day in a five-day process from the finest wheat, hand-stretched and cooked on the stone of their hearth ovens. The sauces are made from only the finest vine-ripened tomatoes and topped with select cheeses, choice meats and the freshest vegetables, herbs and spices available. Each of Metro’s pizzas is a hand-crafted labor of love, backed by three generations of experience.” Metro Pizza’s John Arena is with us pizza peel in hand.
All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!
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