The day after Thanksgiving was 70 degrees in Las Vegas but Winter in Venice celebrations at The Venetian and The Palazzo continued with world-renowned chef Mario Batali and his live cooking demonstration of pizza.
First, Batali had to check out the ice skating rink before beginning his demo. Joking that his signature orange Crocs can’t ever come off, Batali stepped on to the ice skating rink and posed for photos with the holiday characters and guests before heading over to the wood burning oven set up on the sidewalk.
To a large crowd, he gave his cooking tips; including dough should be slowly stretched instead of tossed.
“The first I can tell you it is a lot easier than it looks,” Batali told the audience. “The second thing is you can do just about exactly what I do at your house that I do at my house. The quality of your meal is decided when you leave the store and pack your groceries in the back of the car. Fundamentally what distinguishes really great Italian food from mediocre food is the quality of the ingredients. Find stores that will let you taste the salt, the oil and the tomatoes so you can find the food that best suits your particular palate.”
Executive chef Zach Allen from Batali’s restaurants inside The Venetian and The Palazzo (Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, B&B Ristorante, and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse) was also on hand to help Batali prepare the pizza and interact with the crowd while samples of the specialty pizza were handed out.
Carnevino Italian Steakhouse is the interpretation of the classic steakhouse combined with an Italian flavor. The menu features an exclusive brand of organic, super-prime beef rubbed with sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary; handmade pastas; classic antipasti and side dishes based on Neapolitan street food.
B&B Ristorante pays homage to the Italian culture with a wine list offering bottles from every region in Italy, classic and trend-setting cuisine with its philosophy to use the best local ingredients available.
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria is a family-friendly, casual eatery that combines the atmosphere of an Italian enoteca (translated as wine repository or wine bar) with the activity of an urban snack bar. The menu includes a variety of vegetables from local farmers markets, and combining flavors such as beets with Saba and mixed marinated olives creating healthy pizzas.
Batali’s restaurants are three of the six Las Vegas Green Restaurant Certified dining establishments and The Palazzo and The Venetian, along with the Sands Expo and Convention Center, are housed in the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building in the world. The Venetian is the world’s largest five-diamond resort.
Winter in Venice is located in the front plaza and the outdoor gondolas of The Venetian and features storybook characters strolling, string lights, brilliantly lit trees and holiday music. Seasonal treats such as eggnog cupcakes, warm apple cider and hot chocolate will be offered. In the evenings, the Nightly Holiday Spectacular show will light up the property. Winter in Venice runs through Jan. 8, 2012 at The Venetian and The Palazzo. For more information, click here.
For more information about Chef Batali, visit www.mariobatali.com