Haute Event: Mario Batali Kicks Off Carnevale at the Venetian and Palazzo

Mario Batali with his Carnevale-inspired Crocs.
Mario Batali with his Carnevale-inspired Crocs.

The Venetian and Palazzo officially opened Carnevale — the summer-long event celebrating the festivals of Italy — on Saturday. Chef Mario Batali arrived on the red carpet to kick off Carnevale wearing a special Carnevale-inspired pair of his signature orange Crocs. Batali cut the purple ribbon signifying the start of Carnevale with John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo, and Sebastien Silvestri, vice president of food and beverage.

The Carnevale kick off coincided with Mario Batali’s Taste of Italy — an event where guests were able to mingle with the celebrity chef and sample dishes from Batali’s restaurants — Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Carnevino and B&B Ristorante — at the resorts. During the Taste of Italy, Batali took a moment to make a special announcement. Later this year, Batali and restaurant partner Joe Bastianich, will open B&B Burger & Beer. Batali’s fourth restaurant at the Venetian and the Palazzo, B&B Burger & Beer and will feature a menu with local ingredients and a beer-driven beverage menu.

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