The most upscale, and the most anticipated, of the dining options at the swanky del Lago Resort & Casino will open Thursday.
Portico by Fabio Viviani is named for the celebrity chef, a breakout star of Bravo’s reality series Top Chef. Known for his animated personality and thick accent from his native Italy, Viviani was voted fan favorite in the show’s fifth season. He has capitalized on his fame since the season aired in 2008; the restaurant is Viviani’s sixteenth.
The Italian steakhouse is Italian in inspiration, but the sophisticated dishes are generally worlds apart from Grandma’s red sauce. Think delicate spheres of fried bread called coccoli that you carefully break open and fill with thin shavings of Prosciutto di Parma and soft chunks of Taleggio cheese, a drizzle of truffle honey and dots of oniony pesto ($13). Or a slightly untraditional rigatoni carbonara ($16) with Brussels sprouts, Pecorino Romano cheese, black pepper and egg. It arrives at the table in a Mason jar; a server caps the jar, gives it a shake to combine the ingredients, and plates the dish. The pastas, gnocchi and breads are made from scratch daily.