By Sean Ballent
From the talented folks who brought the world TAO New York and TAO Las Vegas comes the latest haute spot: LAVO. Situated at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, the restaurant is inspired by ancient Mediterranean bathhouses with a menu that highlights the best of the region’s cuisine.
LAVO, which opened on September 13th, is headed by nationally acclaimed chef Ludovic “Ludo” Lefebvre. A menu that celebrates the flavors of France, Italy and Spain as well as other Mediterranean classics is further enhanced by the restaurant’s innovative and striking design. The LAVO menu is designed to encourage sampling and sharing among friends. The beverage program features beer and wine from most regions around the Mediterranean.
From the very beginning, LAVO was conceived as a space that would become an instant dining destination. The 300-seat restaurant includes a 100-seat outdoor terrace that houses the first hookah lounge overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The main dining room features 20-foot ceilings comprised of old wood and low chandeliers that crown the curved bar. A spectacular glass and wood-screened bridge is flanked by 16 ancient Turkish sinks, which shed running water to the sexy Nightclub on the second level. LAVO’s unique balance and feel has mad it a favorite spot for celebrities, Las Vegas locals, and travelers alike.