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A Four-Day Italian Gastronomic Festival in Las Vegas

Christina Garofalo

The celebrated chefs Mario Batali, Dario Cecchini, and Roberto Caporuscio are among those participating in the four-day La Cucina Italiana Food and Wine Festival in Las Vegas. Held from Thursday, December 5, through Sunday, December 8, at the Venetian and Palazzo hotels, the event will kick off with a carnivore’s feast for 100 guests ($250 per person), prepared by Cecchini and Wolfgang Puck. The dinner will include prime beef sliders, roasted-chestnut-and-truffle soup, wagyu-beef sashimi, and bistecca alla Fiorentina with roasted Brussels sprouts, bacon, creamy polenta, and roasted root vegetables.

The main event will be held Friday night at the Venetian’s Grand Colonnade. The 200-person banquet ($500 per person) will serve veal carpaccio and risotto with white truffle, among other Tuscan and Umbrian dishes, prepared by Batali and Cecchini.

On Saturday, guests will have the chance to interact with the chefs over tastings and live demonstrations that include making pizza with Roberto Caporuscio, making artisanal salumi with Batali, and how-tos on fresh mozzarella, gelato, tiramisù, and more Italian specialties. Don’t miss the Truffle Hunt on Sunday, which takes 200 guests ($150 per person) on a progressive pairing lunch at B&B Ristorante, Carnevino, and Otto to sample each kitchen’s spin on a pairing of shaved white truffle and wine.

The hotels are offering packages for guests to stay and participate in the festivities, from $199 per night with access to the culinary demonstrations to $819 per night with access to all culinary events. (866.580.1202, www.venetian.com)

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