Sebastien Silvestri has one of the brightest and most creative culinary minds in Las Vegas. He grew up up in the south of France, where he developed an appreciation for gourmet food and beverages at an early age from his uncle, Pierro Silvestri, an acclaimed restaurateur in the Italian Riviera. He would go on to study culinary arts and hotel management, starting his career London as a restaurant manager. He would later transfer to the United States, where he become the food and beverage manager at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. In Dallas, Silvestri worked with celebrity chef, Dean Fearing. In 2005, Silvestri was recruited to open the new Spa Tower at Bellagio in Las Vegas. There he served as general manager at Sensi. He now serves as the Vice President of Food and Beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo hotels, where he works with celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller and Mario Batali. With so many years honing his craft around the world and here in Las Vegas, he certainly knows all the best places. Keep reading on to find out Silvestri’s haute secrets to Sin City living.
What is your full name: Sebastien Silvestri
Where were you born: South of France
How long in Las Vegas: 10 Years
Favorite Part of Vegas: I love the energy of Las Vegas and its people
Occupation: Vice President of Food and Beverage at The Venetian | The Palazzo
Favorite Restaurant: The Poulet House
Best Sushi: Sushi Samba
Best Italian: B&B Ristorante
Best dessert: Buddy V’s
Best place for a romantic date: Bouchon patio at night
Best Sunday brunch: db Brasserie
Best place for a power business meeting: Morels
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Palazzo
Best Casino: The Venetian
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: The Grand Canal Shoppes
Favorite men’s store: Billionaire Italian Couture at the Grand Canal Shoppes, designer Flavio Braitore
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Bellusso Jewelers at the Grand Canal Shoppes
Best Spa: Canyon Ranch Spa
Favorite Charity Event: The Annual Power of Love Gala – Keep Memory Alive
Favorite Cultural Event: Ultimo and the Bocuse d’Or, bringing over 100 years of culinary tradition and fine wine making.
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Smith Center
Best Steakhouse: CUT
Best Pizza: Settebello
Best Lunch: Delmonico
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Lifetime Fitness
Best Massage: The Spa at Green Valley Ranch
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Presidential Limos
Best Museum/Exhibit: That is something that I believe Las Vegas is still lacking today. I get my cultural fix by flying to Paris.
Describe your city in three words: Fun, Exciting, and Extraordinaire
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Valley of Fire
All-around favorite spot in Las Vegas: The Las Vegas Strip….there is nothing else like it in the world. At any given time of the day, it just evolves into something else.
Best Aspect of Las Vegas: Everyone knows Las Vegas for the strip: the casinos, restaurants, clubs and bars. But there are so many elements to Las Vegas that people don’t know about. The lakes, the trails, and Red Rock Canyon, to name a few. Currently, I am training for a triathlon and Las Vegas is the prime location to train.