LAS VEGAS—Sinatra at Encore pays culinary homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes at the only restaurant sanctioned by the Sinatra family to bear his name. Executive Chef Luke Palladino offers Italian-American cuisine in the city once frequented by Sinatra. The artist’s charisma and style are kept alive through a menu that emphasizes the chef’s deft approach to the Italy’s signature flavors and dishes.
The menu is divided into antipasti freddi e caldi (cold and hot appetizers), pasta, pesce (fish), carne (meat), and contorni (sides), followed by dolci (dessert). To start, the antipasti selection includes standouts of carpaccio di tonno with pickled vegetables, hard-boiled quail eggs and lemon vinaigrette; Frank’s clams posilipo with tomato, garlic, oregano and parsley; and polpettine of meatballs and polenta fries.
The simple and satisfying pasta options include hand-made orechiette with broccoli rabe, fresh ricotta, pepperoncino and Parmesan sauce; Frank’s “spaghetti and clams” with Manila clams in a tomato garlic broth; and lasagna Bolognese with fresh pasta layered with veal, pork and beef ragú; among others. For a main dish, guests can then choose from a selection of pesce (fish) and carne (meat) dishes, such Mediterranean sea bass with fingerling potatoes; organic chicken breast with forest mushrooms and gnocchi in Marsala sauce; and a braised veal ossobucco “My Way,” with risotto Milanese and gremolata. Contorni include capponatina, a vegetable ratatouille; crispy polenta sticks with Parmigiano-Reggiano; and chicken Parmigiano.
For dessert, the tempting selection of dolci includes tiramisu with mascarpone cream, espresso-soaked ladyfinger biscuits; torta di ricotta, canola-flavored cheesecake with pistachio gelato; and a daily selection of homemade gelati and sorbetti.
Sinatra’s signature cocktail list has been designed with Italian-inspired, whimsical creations such as the Sinatra smash, made from Frank’s beloved Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, Briottet Crème de Cassis, freshly muddled blackberries, fresh sweet and sour, and vanilla syrup; or raspberry Limoncello drop, made from Stolichnaya Raspberry Vodka, Bertagnolli Limoncello, fresh sweet and sour, served up with a raspberry sugared rim.
Roger Thomas, executive vice president of Wynn Design and Development, has created a space that combines the modern and the antique, while honoring Frank Sinatra. The open, airy environment is at once intimate and striking, and a cozy outdoor patio allows guests to dine al fresco, invoking the feel of an intimate dinner party in a Tuscan garden. Bringing the outside in, Thomas incorporates textures, colors and materials found in nature such as hemp rope, shades of green and brown wood. Also featured are highlights of Frank Sinatra’s favorite color orange. The carpet is composed of rich browns, greens and red-orange tones, while walls are made of sandblasted wood paneling inset with mirrors reflecting the outside garden. Descending from the ceiling are five custom-made olive green chandeliers that Thomas created from hemp rope and burlap. Chairs designed with knotted loops of rope are from the Roger Thomas Collection.
A signature aspect of the design is two shell vases designed by Thomas Boog that stand over seven-feet tall in the main dining room. Encrusted with small black shells, the patterns of flowers and butterflies are created from green Mother of Pearl inlay. The bar area is flanked with a pair of nine-foot tall crystal beaded obelisks made in Sicily in the 1920’s and originally located in an Italian restaurant in Paris. A crystal ship floats above the bar, adding a charming vintage touch.
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). FSE owns Sinatra’s recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra’s name and likeness rights and represents the artist’s rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE pursues innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer’s name and likeness, as well as Sinavisual recordings. Rhino Entertainment provides label services for FSE.