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