Piero’s Italian Restaurant

Bars Clubs Lounges, Restaurants | | March 21, 2007 at 15:07

From the moment you pull up and the valet rushes to open your car door, you know you are going to be treated like a special person.

Established in 1982 by Freddie Glusman, the Karen Avenue Piero’s restaurant quickly became a retreat for the colorful characters around town, including the Rat Pack. Glusman moved to the Convention Center Drive location in 1987 and kept that intimate atmosphere that makes you feel like you are on the inside of the Vegas scene. Hollywood chose Piero’s to film as the Mob hangout in Scorsese’s Casino.

A lot of famous people frequent the restaurant, but Glusman has trained his staff to be accomodating and discreet. Many of his staff have been with him for years, some since the beginning. Everything is done to make you feel like you matter. It’s quite a different experience from the meat market mentality you often find on the Strip, even in the higher end eateries. Piero’s caters to locals, although plenty of out-of-towners find their way here. You can tell the tourists by the way they are dressed.

Piero’s is not the place to be casual; it’s way too classy for blue jeans. The decor is fascinating – a vaguely African theme with animal print carpet and renderings of monkeys in the bar. It’s not at all what you would expect of an Italian haunt, but it feels 100% Vegas with style.

The Monkey Bar Lounge is old school and the bartender remembers your face even when it’s been a while. You’ll find a lounge singer most Friday and Saturdays, except during summer when the locals like to stay home in the air conditioning and, according to the barman, will call for delivery. Genevieve, one of the primo singers around town, is often booked here.

This is not a cheap place, but not the most expensive dining in town by far. The average tab would be $60-$80 pp + tax & tip.

I recommend the zuppa de pesce (fish soup). The baby green salad with pear and blue cheese had just the right amount of dressing, fresh and delightful. Their prosciutto is superb. Take a look at their impressive list of dining awards on the website.

Piero’s is open 7 days a week for dinner 5:30 pm-10:00 pm. The Monkey Bar Lounge is open 5:30 pm-1:00 am Thur/Fri/Sat. Reservations for dining are a good idea. 702-369-2305. 355 Convention Center Drive. Las Vegas NV. www.pieroscuisine.com

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