Carbone restaurant brings sexy, swanky Italian style to Aria

Celebrated New York City restaurant Carbone threw its grand opening party at Aria last night.

The restaurant takes patrons back to the days of 1950s New York-style Italian-American dining. Think the glamour and style of “Mad Men.” You’ll hear Sinatra tunes playing and enjoy tableside service from the restaurant’s famous Captains, who wear burgundy-colored tuxedos created by fashion designer Zac Posen.

The beautifully-designed restaurant features a series of rooms. The first, the Blue Room, is a dining room and bar with walls composed of tiles from New York subway stations. The retro black and white flooring mirrors the design of the Las Vegas Sands’ pool during the Rat Pack era.

The elegant and romantic Red Room is another full dining room that was inspired by the Milan Opera and features a floor-to-ceiling Murano glass chandelier that was originally commissioned for a Ferrari showroom in the 1960s. The room is lined with red-curtained semi-private booths that are sure to become Vegas’ most coveted date night tables.

There is also a private dining room with a full bar and more stunning glass chandeliers.

The cuisine is traditional New York Italian. Meals start with antipasti including baked clams, crab cakes and sizzling pancetta. You’ll also find traditional soups like minestrone and a Caesar or chopped salad.

Pasta lovers can indulge in the restaurant’s signature spicy rigatoni vodka, gemelli di rabe, linguini vognole, tortellini al ragu and more.

For main entrees, guests can choose from seafood favorites like branzino and lobster fra diavolo or meat dishes like lamb chops, veal and chicken scarpariello.

The beverage program at Carbone also has a vintage flair. A beautiful rum cart is rolled tableside following dessert offering some of the rarest rums in the world. Classic cocktails include mai tais and The Stinger. You’ll also find a nice selection of wines from Italy, France and America with vintages dating back to 1929.


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