Located in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, D.O.C.G. is a simple wine and food spot from Scot Conant with Italian-style cuisine. D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllate e Garantita) refers to the classification system used to rank Italian wines.
First, let's talk about the pizza, specifically the Robiola and truffle pizza at D.O.C.G. The crust is the perfect texture, fired in a wood-burning oven to give it the crisp bottom and soft, doughy top. Next, the tangy Robiola cheese is melted and just slightly brown on top with truffles and light sprinkling of sea salt. Though this pizza is big enough to share, you might scarf the whole thing down without so much as a crumb thrown in your company's direction.
The "salumeria," meaning meat shop or loosely referring to an Italian deli, has cured meats like prosciutto and Coppa ham. There are also cheeses like Taleggio, a pungent cow's milk cheese from the Piedmont region of Italy.
D.O.C.G. offers a lot of small plates like marinated cauliflower and fresh mint, roasted beets with feta cheese and a refreshing fennel salad with orange segments. There are also pastas like hand-rolled spaghetti and semolina flour gnocchi, which is a bit more dense than the more common potato gnocchi.
For meat lovers, a tender beef filet with crisp polenta and the slow-braised short rib are both good options.
D.O.C.G.'s atmosphere is a vibrant, somewhat noisy wine bar experience with exposed brick walls, sleek modern tables and a long bar counter. The wine is served in three sizes: quartino (a quarter carafe), mezzo (half carafe) and bottiglia or the whole bottle.
-- By Nikki Neu