Checking Out Wynn’s Allegro
I finally made it out to Allegro, the new Italian restaurant at Wynn. OK, calling it new is only partially correct. The restaurant across the hall from the poker room has been Italian since Wynn opened its doors. It started off as Corsa Cucina. Run by Chef Stephen Kalt (who’s now at Borgata in Atlantic City with a great restaurant called Forneletto), I always thought it was one of the most underrated restaurants in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the extremely talented Kalt was overshadowed by all of the big name chefs Steve Wynn brought in to open his resort. When the chef departed, Wynn turned the space over to Alex Stratta, and renamed it Stratta. It languished in relative obscurity until Encore and XS opened, when its prime location suddenly provided it with plenty of foot traffic and a steady supply of hungry late-night clubbers. But after his fine dining flagship Alex was closed, it was pretty obvious Stratta’s heart wasn’t in the place, and he soon parted ways with Wynn. The restaurant kept his name for a little while, but recently re-christened it Allegro.
The new chef is Enzo Febbraro, and he recently had me in to sample the menu. This man does not believe in portion control. He insisted on providing me and my lovely wife with dish after dish after dish – all full-sized portions. Thanks to him and to everyone at Wynn for the feast — the eight takeout containers I took home lasted a week!
As usual, if a food writer eats in a restaurant and doesn’t take any pictures, it doesn’t count. (I wish that it also didn’t go to my gut, but sadly the calories are there either way, so I might as well get the photos!) Here you go.