Tasty picks at Borgata

ATLANTIC CITY -- One of the keys to attracting a discerning crowd to the Borgata is the hotel's broad range of eateries -- 11 in all -- from restaurants to cafes to nightclubs.

Among the rising culinary stars who are lending their reputations to the Borgata is Luke Palladino, the proprietor of Ombra, a wine bar and trattoria.

The establishment will have a 14,000-bottle wine collection and a champagne cellar with more than 1,000 bottles of champagne.

The restaurant's brick walls and tumbled stone floors are intended to give it the ambience of a winemaker's estate.

Ombra's signature dish will be standing baby-back rib roast stuffed with sage and garlic sausage, pork and stone-ground polenta. Prices per entree run from $17 to $29.

Palladino also owns Specchio, whose menu will feature a blend of modern and classical Italian cuisine.

The proprietor and chef brings to Ombra and Specchio his experience as chef of Ristorante al Covo in Venice and Franco U Piscaturi in Sicily, as well as Onda Restaurant at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Another of Borgata's anticipated draws is a restaurant and nightclub called Mixx, whose menu will combine Latin and Asian dishes.

And Susanna Foo will provide the French-Asian cuisine she made popular at Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine, a 20-year tradition in Philadelphia.

Foo gave the restaurant at the Borgata her Chinese name: Suilan.

Another restaurant attraction at the Borgata will be a branch of the Old Homestead steak house, a favorite New York restaurant for 135 years.

Several of the Borgata restaurants are designed to provide casual dining options.

Noodles of the World, or NOW, will offer a variety of noodle dishes from countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Metropolitan's menu will include an oyster bar, deli sandwiches and milkshakes. The Borgata Buffet will feature Tuscan-style dishes, and Risi Bisi will serve Italian street food such as pizzas and panninis.

Besides Mixx, nightclubs will include the Gypsy Bar, with a hamburger and soup menu; the Music Box; the Events Center and the B Bar, a casino bar featuring live entertainment. -- D.C.

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