Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois

Apr 16, 2001 4:17 AM

The Forum Shops at Caesars is home to Wolfgang Puck’s (pictured with his wife) Chinois restaurant. An outgrowth of Puck’s famed Chinois in Santa Monica, California, this kitschy cafe serves Asian specialties that have been enhanced by Puck’s French and American influences. The restaurant’s exquisite decor includes rich jewel tones and features authentic Asian art from the collection of Barbara Lazaroff. In addition to the casual cafe, the restaurant has a formal dining room, which can be used for special events and private affairs.

The Ultimate Venice Cafe

Created by the founders of Il Fornaio, Canaletto at The Venetian features the food and wine of the Veneto region of Italy.

Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon evokes Venice and its countryside with his menu of fresh seafood, beef, game and poultry from wood-fired rotisseries and grills. Mazzon is a native Venetian who has worked throughout Venice at renowned dining destinations like All’Angelo and Hotel Cipriani. The restaurant’s unusual wine list spotlights the lesser-known wines of northeast Italy.

Canaletto’s unique two-story architecture incorporates many facets of Venetian-inspired design. "Outside" tables surrounding a 40-foot tall statue sit in the heart of St. Mark’s square, much like the cafes lining the original Piazza San Marco. Polished hardwood floors blend into terrazzo tile leading to the exhibition kitchen. Spectacular Venetian lights and chandeliers crafted by the artisans of Murano cast a flattering glow.

Upstairs, four distinct private rooms - for groups as small as six or as large as sixty - share a central entrance and lounge, reminiscent of a Venetian palazzo’s primo piano. With unsurpassed views of the Grand Canal and the activity below, these are some of the most impressive private dining rooms ever seen.