Las Vegas has been hurting more than most cities during the economic downturn of the past several years, but one sign that things are looking up is the opening of a new hotel on the famed Las Vegas Strip: The Cosmopolitan.
Like most of the new millennium resorts in Vegas, The Cosmo (as the locals are calling it) is huge. So huge, in fact, that it’s home to 13 restaurants, several of which are under the direction of world-famous chefs and/or restaurateurs.
Name a type of cuisine — Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, etc. — and you’re likely to find it at The Cosmo.
But if a wine lover had time for just one meal at this resort, where should they go?
We’d opt for the casual yet elegant D.O.C.G., a wine bar with an Italian flair.
There are many wonderful food options–duck ragu with hand-rolled pici, for instance — but sometimes simpler is better. And at D.O.C.G., simplicity is defined by the wonderful pizza margherita.
The tomato sauce is tangy and slightly spicy, the crust is crispy (from the searing heat of the wood-burning oven) and the bufala mozzarella is marvelously molten.
The wine list is packed with Italian bottlings, and almost any red on the list would make a wonderful companion to the pizza. The prices are a bit on the high side, but compared to what you’d pay at the fancier restaurants on the property, a meal at D.O.C.G. is a relative bargain.