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Dining News & Notes: 800 Degrees and Truck U Barbeque arrive this week

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800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza makes its Las Vegas debut this week at Monte Carlo.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is set to open at Monte Carlo on Friday, April 4. Created by chef Anthony Carron, the new pizzeria—which is planning a second Strip location at SLS later this year—serves build-your-own pizzas baked in about one minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven. Its first store opened at LA’s Westwood Village in early 2012.

Chef Mike Minor is getting ready to rock your food truck world.

The Back of House Brawl returns to Tommy Rockers on Saturday, April 5 at 10 p.m., featuring a chef battle between Sam Marvin of Echo & Rig against Todd Sugimoto from Scarpetta. Perhaps more exciting: Mike Minor’s Truck U Barbeque will be among the food trucks dishing it up. This will be the first service and official launch for Truck U, a blend of barbecue and Mexican flavors from the former chef at Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill. Rounding out the event: live music from One Pin Short and a “cock fight” bartender battle.

MTO Café is going Mexican for the next pop-up dinner in its Sunday Night Supper Series. Dubbed “El Chapo’s Cantina,” the dinner will feature authentic cuisine by MTO’s team of Johnny Church and Eduardo “Lalo” Saavedra, Desnudo Tacos chefs Chris Palmeri and Christian Dolias, Fleur’s Jose Avila, LA chef James Trees, and dessert by pastry chef Heidi Kovall from MTO and Rx Boiler Room. Dinners get to choose from four appetizers, four entrees and three desserts from the assorted kitchen crew. The dinner is set for April 27 at 5:30 p.m. and priced at $60. For reservations, call 380-8229.

Gordon Ramsay and Christina Wilson.

Christina Wilson, the winning chef from season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen, is making the move from her prize gig at Gordon Ramsay Steak to executive chef at Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood.

The restaurants of Downtown Grand are offering half-off meals on Sundays in April for attendees of performances at the Smith Center. Triple George Grill, Stewart + Ogden, Red Mansion and the Commissary will offer the discount to customers who can provide ticket stubs or proof of ticket purchase; the show must be on the same day.

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