Millions know Buddy Valastro as the star of the hit TLC show Cake Boss and his world-famous desserts. Now his first restaurant venture, Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Palazzo hotel has become a popular culinary haute spot in Las Vegas for serving authentic homestyle Italian cuisine and of course some incredible desserts too.
The internationally renowned baker opened his namesake restaurant in 2013 with the help of acclaimed Las Vegas restaurateurs, Elizabeth Blau and her husband, chef Kim Canteenwalla. The trio have teamed up to ensure that Buddy V’s is a world-class culinary destination that specializes in serving Valastro’s gourmet Italian dishes and desserts. The beautiful dining space located inside The Grand Canal Shoppes is decked out just like the classic Italian restaurants that Valastro grew up with and you’ll feel like a member of the family from the onset. In fact, a lot of the dishes on the menu are credited to Valastro’s family members. Try the scrumptious antipasto starters like My Wife’s Eggplant Parm, Aunt Nina’s Mozzarella En Carozza or Grandma’s (giant) homemade meatballs. As with a lot of classic Italian restaurants, you won’t find too many salad options on the menu. However, Buddy’s Caprese is the pick of the litter as the combination of fresh burrata cheese, rosso bruno tomatoes, basil, tomato confit, balsamic vinaigrette and a side of grilled filone bread makes for a great starting dish.
The pasta options here are plentiful and all your favorites are featured. But the real standouts include original creations like, My Dad’s Bucatini Carbonara, Lisa V’s Linguine & Clams (two exceptional cooks in the Valastro household apparently) and Nonna’s Lasagna Al Forno. If you really are looking to indulge, Valastro Sunday Gravy is a family recipe you probably have never tried as this rigatoni pasta dish comes fully loaded with meatballs, sausage, lamb and pork. Even The Godfather himself couldn’t refuse this one. The pizzas here are also delicious and you can pick from classic cheese, margherita of Buddy’s Favorite which comes topped with spicy sausage, caramelized onions, fennel and four rich cheeses.
Of course Buddy V’s specializes in desserts and you will not be disappointed with the signature menu. For starters, you’ve never had anything like Buddy V’s XL Lobster Tail, which come served with custard cream, chocolate espresso cake and lady fingers. Another standout is Lisa’s Warm Nutella Cake which will melt in your mouth. Traditionalists will be in pure heaven with the cannoli selections and classic tiramisu.
Whether you’re craving some fabulous home cooked Italian fare or just want to savor some decadent desserts during your time in Sin City, Buddy V’s Ristorante provides the best of both worlds.
Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Grand Canal Shoppes
3327 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Photo via Buddy V’s Ristorante