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The Batali-Bastianich guest chef series brings more stars to Vegas

Carnevino is the site of the first special dinner, with New York chef Cesare Casella.

The fabulous Las Vegas dining scene is about to get even more fabulous, thanks to the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. On April 1, the Vegas faction of the celebrity chef-lead restaurant group will begin a game-changing guest chef dinner series when it hosts New York City’s “Dean of Italian cooking,” Cesare Casella, at the Palazzo’s Carnevino.

Casella is the restaurateur behind award-winning Salumeria Rosi, Maremma and Beppe, not to mention an expert in Italian charcuterie and a friend of B&BHG culinary director Nicole Brisson. The multi-course menu for the first dinner will include Cesare’s cured salumi and prosciutto, along with imaginative fare like lamb agnolotti and charred octopus.

Guest chef dinners are nothing new to the Las Vegas Strip, but usually, it’s local talent popping up. “The vision of this new dinner series is for our chefs to collaborate with these guest chefs, whom we consider to be friends and mentors,” Brisson says.

Future guests chefs will include Nancy Silverton from Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in LA, Frank Langello from Babbo in New York and Top Chef favorite Shirley Chung from Twenty Eight in Newport Beach.

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