“The main thing we all learned during the unfortunate situation of this pandemic is that we must only focus on things we are passionate about and currently I am passionate about Italian cuisine especially from the Amalfi Coast.” - Bobby Flay
One of my favorite brunch spots in Vegas is Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace. I was disapointed to hear that he was closing it down! So we packed up the car and did a 4 hour road trip to say farewell. Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill opened for its customers for the last time on Saturday, November 14. Vegas has lost one of its most brilliant restaurants. But the good news is, that Bobby Flay plans on launching a new restaurant, ‘Amalfi by Bobby Flay’ based on his experiences in Italy and the Amalfi Coast. We will soon be able to taste new recipes from Bobby Flay, who aims at bringing back the Mediterranean with bright and fresh flavors.
Transitioning from Southwestern Styles to Italian Cuisines
According to Bobby Flay, the reason behind the closure of the restaurant is the evolution of his passions and not financial problems in running Mesa Grill. He said, “The main thing we all learned during the unfortunate situation of this pandemic is that we must only focus on things we are passionate about and currently I am passionate about Italian cuisine especially from the Amalfi Coast.” This is the first time that Bobby Flay is going to serve us with Italian cuisine, and saying goodbye to southwestern styles of cooking that originally gave him a name and made his Mesa Grill famous in Vegas.
Favorites that you’re bound to miss
Foodies will definitely miss his famous recipes which attracted hordes of people to his restaurant. Famous recipes included the Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale, Tiger Shrimp, Goat Cheese Queso Fundido and Scrambled Egg Chilaqueles
Bobby Flay’s 1st Italian Restaurant
The food at Amalfi restaurant will be quite different from Mesa Grill as most recipes will revolve around fish from the coast. He also explained that he wants to differentiate his Italian food from other restaurants. According to him, if someone wanted to eat Chicken Parmigiana, you can locate a restaurant serving it but if you want a lobster pasta with yellow tomatoes and Calabrian chilies, you will have to come to Amalfi. He is passionate to remove all the competition by being extremely unique and we are hopeful of getting something really good from him as he has served us mouth-watering recipes before.
Bobby Flay plans to explain the characteristic of each fish to the visitors and their history and from where they were coming from before they arrived at Amalfi. Then the fish is prepared for them to have a lavish meal with their families surrounded by the great ambiance. The menu of the new place is all based on fish dishes. They plan to serve the aforementioned lobster pasta, green garlic, Osetra caviar, and paccheri with scorpion fish, green tomato risotto with sea scallops.
As exciting as the new restaurant at Amalfi may seem, a fact that can’t be ignored is that Las Vegas is still losing one of its best places to eat. Mesa Grill also opened in New York and expanded to the Bahamas but Vegas is the one to be closed. Here I'd like to mention that Bobby Flay hinted that the closing of Mesa Grill does not indicate that it is gone forever, so I have my fingers crossed for a return!
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