Piero’s transports you to a bygone era

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It’s was a busy week for me as in addition to my normal schedule of radio spots during the football season this was also my turn to compete in the Golden Nugget $50,000 Football Showdown.

The contest, in conjunction with The Las Vegas Sportsline Radio Show, is heard every Friday on ESPN1100 at 2 p.m. There are 16 contestants who put up a $3,000 entry fee to compete. The format is that there are eight first round matches where the contestants go head to head.

The Top 8 move on to the second round. I happened to draw my close friend Cris and his partner in the contest, Frank. These are two of the sharpest bettors I know here in town so I really wasn’t looking forward to having to battle them head to head in the first round.

Not only was survival in the contest on the line but the relentless bragging rights that would go to the winner at the expense of the loser. Well, fortunately for me I was able to win and move on, and as part of our competition we agreed the loser would buy the winner dinner.

We decided to go “old school” and the restaurant chosen was Piero’s. Talk about old school, the Rat Pack used to dine here along with so many Las Vegas celebrities. Piero’s is located at 355 Convention Center Drive.

As you walk through the restaurant to your table it’s like you are walking into a scene from an old mob movie. Once seated our waiter was right over to take our drink orders and run down the list of specials the Chef had created that night.

We started with an assortment of appetizers that included a platter consisting of Roasted Red Peppers, fresh Mozzarella, and Prosciutto with Cantaloupe. This is a great way to start any Italian feast. Piero’s is known for their Osso Buco. My friends ordered that while I chose the Bone-In Veal Chop Parmigiana. My Veal chop was amazing as they pound, bread and pan fry it to a golden brown.

This veal chop covered my entire plate with the bone hanging over the edge. As you know from past articles I am a big eater, but I had to take part of it home for lunch the next day.

You always can find some room for food, especially when they bring the cart to the table with all these good looking desserts to tempt you. Dessert carts are just not fair. There was a chocolate mouse dessert on a pastry puff crust that was the perfect light choice after a huge meal.

The food was good and the company was even better.

If you are looking for a special night out with friends or that special someone and want both a good meal and a bit of Las Vegas history, check out Piero’s. I give Piero’s a rating of 3.50 forks.

Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at WagerTalk.com and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at M [email protected].

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