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Luxury December/January 2016-17: Art, Innovation and Design

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100 LUXURYLV.COM | DEC-JAN 2016-2017 In the restaurant business, success or failure is based on location, location, location. One of the largest Las Vegas location challenges for a restaurant was in the desolate indoor alley space from a bridge over the Strip into the bustling beauty of the Palazzo. Nobody wants to visit a venue for dinner that sits in what is described as a hallway of horror for restaurateurs and customers alike. Its emptiness isn't conducive to the atmosphere and ambiance of a five-star dining delight. That is until "Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro called on his decorating skills and magic he puts into his famed pastries and cakes. Buddy decided that if the design of his Buddy V's Ristorante reflected the charm of his grandmother's family home in New Jersey and a local red-sauce Italian joint, he'd have a winner on his hands. And so his first restaurant, opened with award-winning restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her chef husband Kim Canteenwalla, turned that lonely corridor into a hot dining destination. The renowned baker had a simple goal of sharing his beloved heirloom recipes in a taste of the Valastro family gatherings. I sat with Elizabeth and Buddy to talk about Buddy V's design: "Buddy V's style balances the influences of a classic New Jersey red- sauce Italian joint and elements of Buddy's home, childhood and family with a little splash of fun and whimsy. We were fortunate in taking over a space with great bones and able to focus on opening it up and brightening it up with our designer Vincent Celano of Celano Design Studios in New York. "We love the big open kitchen, which immediately makes people feel at home. We want everyone who comes into the restaurant to feel comfortable, and the open format allows you to see all the delicious food, as well as the cakes and pastry. "The entrance is outfitted in metal and glass inspired by the Lackawanna train station in Hoboken near Grandma's house. Upon entering the bar and lounge area, rustic wood flooring, distressed brick and an eclectic mix of furniture and light fixtures evoke the vibe of an Italian-American living room." "You immediately feel as if you've just walked into my home," Buddy told me as we walked the restaurant. "I wanted that feeling because for somebody coming in for dinner, there's nothing more comfortable or cheery than enjoying a meal with family." BY ROBIN LEACH BUDDY V'S RISTORANTE Family home charm mixed with local Italian joint Chef Buddy Valastro

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