|The Bellagio Fountains: View from "the Eiffel Tower"|
Once again, a Las Vegas restaurant shined, with fantastic food and dessert. I am originally from the Boston-area and became a fan of Todd English's restaurants thanks to my parents. Figs and Olives were great, but unfortunately the Olives Restaurant near Boston closed. Therefore, I was excited that I could go to Olives at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Olives is located in the Bellagio with a direct view of the Bellagio fountains and also features outdoor seating. The view is great and the atmosphere is perfect for a nice meal in Las Vegas. The Mediterranean-style restaurant has a focus on flatbreads, pasta dishes, and a variety of meat and fish for main course options. The menu also denotes the Chef's Selections, which ultimately led me to my decision to order the Fig & Prosciutto flatbread. The flatbread is large enough for your main course. It features a rosemary crust, a sweet & sour fig jam, gorgonzola cheese and prosciutto di parma. The flatbread came out piping hot with a crust that was the perfect balance of soft and doughy with a light crunch. The fig jam with many real fig pieces offers a sweet taste to complement the sharpness of the gorgonzola cheese. Finally, the prosciutto adds the perfect bland of saltiness to top of the dish. I have also heard great things about Butternet Squash Tortelli and Sea Scallops dishes, which I would have to try next time I head back to Las Vegas. Sommeliers are knowledgable and able to help with any wine pairing for your main course.
|The Chef's Selection: Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread|
The dessert menu features classic desserts and adds flair to desserts like Tiramisu by adding a banana component. I love anything and everything chocolate so I had to try the Chocolate Peanut Cake. Typically, molten chocolate cakes feature chocolate sauce or raspberry sauce, but this had a light peanut butter flavor. I normally find peanut butter to be too rich in desserts, but this was just the right amount in the form of a creme anglaise-like sauce. The cake had small pieces of peanut in the cake to offer a light crunch. For the perfect presentation, the cake was topped with a dark chocolate disc with Bellagio written in gold script.
|Chocolate Peanut Cake|
While Olives was busy, our server was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was great and it was also matched by fine food for dinner and dessert. I would highly recommend Olives, even if you just stop by for a quick bite and wine at the bar, or if you are looking for a convenient fine dining option on the Strip.