Buddy Valastro launches the Boss Cafe in Las Vegas

Buddy Valastro first rose to fame on TLC’s “Cake Boss” in 2009, and for 10 seasons the show gave viewers a glimpse into the frosty, multi-layered workings of his Hoboken, New Jersey family business – Carlo’s Bakery. . His celebrity chef profile eventually led to the opening of notable restaurants in Las Vegas – Buddy V’s Ristorante, Carlo’s Bakery and PizzaCake on the Strip – and the installation of a few Cake ATM dessert vending machines in the Valley.

Now Valastro has brought even more of its Garden State culinary traditions to town with the recent opening of Boss Café by Buddy Valastro at the Linq Hotel. The new restaurant is based on the traditional Italian-American markets and delis that dot the townships, villages, boroughs and cities of the tri-state area.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a while, because although I love Carlo’s Bakery, I felt I wanted to add a savory element,” Valastro said during a Boss Café preview.

“The Boss Café, to me, is the best Carlo has to offer with a smaller menu on the sweet side,” he said. He added that Boss Café is keeping some sweet fan favorites like pastries and cheesecakes while increasing the number of tangy selections, including nonna-style pizza squares cooked with pomodoro sauce, provolone, pecorino and whole milk mozzarella with toppings like basil pesto, pepperoni, salami. and olives.

Valastro is especially looking forward to baking the custom pizza dough he created for the cafe.

“It’s like a cross between a focaccia and a Sicilian, he says, it’s light; this is delicious.”

Other savory selections include paninis like the Hoboken Havana (rosemary ham, smoked salumi-style pancetta, provolone, old-fashioned mustard, and herb mayonnaise); the Grove St (prosciutto, peppery salami, smoked pecorino and pesto); Ma’s Chicken Milanese (roasted chicken cutlet, lemon-tomato and arugula aioli) and the Jersey Pot Roast (herb and garlic crusted roast beef with jus on the side).

For the set of salads, Pop’s Panzanella combines focaccia croutons, tomatoes, cucumbers, marinated red onions, parmesan and mozzarella. The Hoboken Chop ditch the breaded carbs for a mix of diced salami, turkey, tomatoes, cucumbers, mozzarella, roasted peppers and olives with vinaigrette.

The mozzarella cheese inclusions above lead to the centerpiece of Valastro’s new establishment: the Mozz Bar.

“Every Italian grocery store in New York and New Jersey makes fresh mozz,” he said. “It’s appetizing and delicious.”

Pronounced emphatically in the regional vernacular of New Jersey – mutz — ivory white cheese is made in-house daily by bathing the casein-rich curd in hot water while swirling, stirring, kneading, plaiting and twisting it to a smooth consistency smooth. The bar was built in a demonstration style and it is fascinating to watch the cottage cheese develop through a combination of constant heat and constant movement.

“Every Italian grocery store in New York and New Jersey makes fresh mozz,” he said. “It’s appetizing and delicious.”

And since Valastro is known for working with his family, it’s a bonus that his father-in-law, Mauro Belgiovine, often helms the station, wooden paddle deftly in hand. He’s been stretching mozz for over 40 years, the last two of which here in Southern Nevada.

“It’s a must-see experience for them,” Belgiovine said, speaking of the many people watching him churn the steaming cauldron of melting curds. “It’s something new.”

For locals looking for a quick Italian-American bite, the Boss Café is located not far from the Linq parking lot.

And oh, yes, those crowd-pleasing sweet creations known as lobster tails—cream-filled puff pastry shells topped with fresh berries—are also on the menu.

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