For those who crave variety but find the number of cuisines at a buffet to be too overwhelming, LAVO’s recently debuted Endless Italian Brunch Buffet hits the sweet spot. The Venetian restaurant famous for its Champagne party brunch (which returns in October) has just made everyone’s favorite portmanteau meal even more of an essential affair with the all-inclusive buffet ($49.99). Optional bottomless cocktails are available for an additional $25.
Start with the raw bar spread, where shucked oysters and peeled shrimp sit chilling on ice. Across the room, an antipasti selection of cheeses and cured meats, including Prosciutto di San Daniele, Toscano and Finocchiona salami, spicy soppressata and porchetta, are laid out along with salads and grilled vegetables. And it’s never too early for calorie-busting decadence: Heap on fettuccine with lobster and truffle prepared in a Parmigiano wheel on your plate, or hit up the omelet station for eggs made to your liking. And does dessert ever adhere to a timetable? Here you’ll find a Cointreau Noir chocolate fountain in all its silky, sweet glory, with accoutrements such as marshmallows and strawberries ready for dipping.
And all this is just what you’ll see right off the bat. There are also a la carte items made to order, such as breakfast mac ’n’ cheese and eggs Benedict. The menu also has a whole page available for a minimal upcharge. Don’t miss the whole branzino ($5) or the famous LAVO meatball ($7)—a pound of fresh-ground Imperial Wagyu, Italian sausage and veal.
LAVO Venetian, 702-791-1800. Brunch served Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.