Haute Event: Mario Lopez Hosts a Pre-Fight Party at Tao

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Mario Lopez at Tao Nightclub. Photos: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery
Mario Lopez at Tao Nightclub. Photos: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Mario Lopez hosted a pre-fight party at Tao Nightclub at the Venetian on Friday night. The television host first dined at Lavo Italian Restaurant at the Palazzo, where he was joined by a group of friends and ordered a special selection of signature items including Kobe beef carpaccio, chicken parmigiano and the famed Kobe meatball before heading to Tao, where they took over a VIP table on the dance floor.

The club made sure to give Lopez a warm welcome with a shout out, giant “Mario” sign and a dancing Dalmatian, as all eyes turned toward his grand entrance. He took photos with fans and jumped in the DJ booth to get on the mic and address the packed crowd, wishing everyone an unforgettable night at Tao.

Busta Rhymes was also spotted at Tao Nightclub at a VIP table. The rapper took in the party scene and sounds of DJ Jessica Who and the crowd went nuts as she dropped his new single “Twerk It,” playing the track a total of four times. Busta also paid a visit to New York radio host Angie Martinez from Hot 97, who was sitting at a table nearby and tweeted out to Busta “Fam!!!!!!!! [This] song sounds ridiculous in here!!!!!” while also insisting that the club play the track again.

At Lavo, Ashlee Simpson dined at the restaurant with friends. While sipping on Champagne, the group enjoyed signature dishes including rigatoni melenzana, tuna tartare and chicken parmigiano before heading upstairs to a VIP table at LAVO nightclub.

Actors David Zayas and C.S. Lee, best known for their roles on the TV series “Dexter,” were also spotted at a VIP table at Lavo as was NFL football star and winemaker Charles Woodson, who earlier in the night hosted a wine pairing dinner in the restaurant.

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