There is always one restaurant at the top of everyone’s power list in Las Vegas. For the past few years, electricity hummed at The Nomad, the New York City transplant where Lady Gaga often performed unannounced, then headed to Hell’s Kitchen, the Gordon Ramsay restaurant that also served as a TV stage.
This year, the spark is already at Amalfi, Chef Bobby Flay’s new restaurant at Caesars Palace, which opened in June and replaces his Mesa Grill restaurant after 16 years of success.
In Amalfi, Flay unpacks a suitcase of culinary journeys along the Italian coast, focusing on the bounty of seafood and pasta that amplifies the region’s appeal.
At this point in his celebrity career, Flay could easily jot down a menu and then return home to Los Angeles. Instead, Flay is in Amalfi’s kitchen, grilling whole fish, pouring Calabrian chili pesto over torn pasta sheets, swirling anchovies and herbs for a plate of crispy fried squash blossoms.
The famous chef best known for his approach to southwestern cuisine is now in love with southern Italy.
“Italy stole my heart and my soul… and I’m pretty happy about it,” says Flay.