It’s hard to imagine the Las Vegas Strip without its iconic fountains, the dancing waters that front the Bellagio and seem to blast off in nearly ever movie about the city. Now there’s a new place to take in that heady view: the Bellagio’s Lago restaurant by chef Julian Serrano.
The space formerly home to Circo reopened in April as a gleaming tribute to Italian Futurism, with arched windows showcasing the fountains’ eruptions and a patio where guests can savor a front-row seat. Designed by Munge Leung, the restaurant includes a mosaic of Milan at the entrance and a marble mixology counter that turns out food-focused cocktails like the Sgroppino, a prosecco-based creation with a frozen sphere of prosecco, lemoncello, lemon sorbet and cocoa butter.
The food is Italian, but progressively so. “I want to stretch guests’ perception beyond their typical Italian experience by creating a feast that exhibits today’s culinary culture and showcases all of the exciting possibilities with Italian cuisine in the 21st century,” Serrano said in a press release.
While the menu is expansive, it’s focused on small plates and nibbles. Dishes range from 7 & 7, potato gnocchi with lobster knuckles in a seafood sauce, to quail saltimbocca and fusillioro, corkscrew pasta with lamb ragu and ricotta foam.
Add an Italian wine from the 750-bottle collection, which includes lesser-known regions and small-production varietals, and you’ve got a meal to remember. And, of course, a striking Vegas photo op. Lago at the Bellagio is open from 5 to 11 nightly.