Celebrity Chef Mario Batali and Winemaker Joe Bastianich team up for a food and wine experience at Carnevino in the Palazzo. The steakhouse is a fusion of quality meats and an international, multipage wine list.
Carnevino's grand décor slightly resembles a Cheesecake Factory. The restaurant is staggeringly large with multiple private dining rooms and a bar area. The main dining room includes 16-foot ceilings, Italian marble and spacious rooms that make the restaurant look like an Italian villa.
Menu items include savory dishes like tender beef carpaccio over a bed of peppery arugula. Or, try the black fettuccine with sautéed onions and crab. What really made this dish stand out was the addition of jalepeños, an unexpected but welcome surprise. The sweetness of the crab and the subtle heat the jalepeño peppers gave to this dish were a great combination.
Of course, high quality, house-aged steaks are prepared to perfection in true Batali style. Both the strip and the filet portions of the dry-aged porterhouse are carved tableside, but served with the bone on the side because often the most flavorful part of the meat is closest to the bone. The beef at Carnevino is all natural, hormone-free and antibiotic-free. The menu includes dishes with veal, pork, poultry and lamb as well as daily specials and 12 vegetable side dishes prepared Italian-style.
One of the highlights at Carnevino is, well, the vino. Sommelier Devin Zendel is truly educated in the art of pairing your food and your wine to complement one another. His extensive knowledge will ensure your beverage is every bit as good as your food, if not a little more so.
Carnevino is a traditional steakhouse - great wine and great steaks - with the welcome addition of Batali's and Bastianich's trademarks: the freshest produce, handmade pastas, regional Italian cheeses, and other artisan-style ingredients that make dining at Carnevino a pleasure.
-- Review by Nikki Neu