Carla Pellegrino

Carla Pellegrino started her career in cooking for her mother’s catering business in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the age of 10, and learned to prepare traditional Brazilian, Italian and Portuguese cuisine. At age 16, Pellegrino moved to Liguria, Italy, where she owned a small store that incorporated her passion for cooking with cooking demonstrations daily. By 1997, she moved to the United States to attend the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She opened Baldoria Restaurant in New York City on Eighth Avenue and Broadway in New York with Frank Pellegrino Jr. in 2000. At the end of 2006, a dream became a reality when Pellegrino led the culinary team as the executive chef to open Rao’s Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She took 10 of the original recipes from the legendary Italian restaurant in East Harlem, added her own traditional North Italian cuisine and built a high-volume menu concept. Her newest restaurant, Bacio by Carla Pellegrino at the Tropicana, spotlights authentic Italian recipes with a focus on fresh and high-quality ingredients. She also opened Bratalian in Henderson with her sister, a homey restaurant that blends Italian and Brazilian cuisines with a decor reminescent of the quaint streets of Nice, Italy.

Where were you born ?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
How long in Las vegas:
Five years
Anthem Country Club, Henderson
Executive Chef and Owner of Bacio at Tropicana and Bratalian in Henderson
Favorite Restaurant:
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Lotus of Siam
Best Italian:
Bacio by Carla Pellegrino at Tropicana and Bratalian in Henderson for locals
Best place for late night dining:
Nikki Beach at Tropicana
Best dessert:
Jean Philippe Patisserie
Best place for a romantic date:
A walk on the Portofino beach in Liguria, Italy
Best Sunday brunch:
Marche Bacchus
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Club Nikki at Tropicana and the Chandelier lounge and Marquee at Cosmopolitan
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Country Club at Wynn
All-around favorite spot in Las vegas:
Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, I Love Sushi, Town Square, Blue Martini, Green Valley Ranch Pools, Marche Bacchus and The Artisan
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The all new Tropicana because the boutique hotel resort feeling or the Cosmopolitan because the New York City atmosphere.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Bulgari and Tourneau
Best Spa:
Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace
Favorite Cultural Event:
Vegas Uncork’d presented by Bon Appetit Magazine
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The James Beard Foundation
Best Steakhouse:
Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio
Best Pizza:
Pellegrino Pizzeria & Deli at Tropicana
Best Lunch:
Café Nikki at Tropicana and Julian Serrano at Aria
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Outdoors at Anthem Country Club
Best Massage:
Lymphatic drainage or a deep tissue for relaxation
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Worldwide Limousine Inc.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Rome and Greece
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