It’s Christmas in Las Vegas. And, unlike years ago, the town will not shut down. There is much to do these days, a lot of it for free.
The Bellagio dancing water fountains perform to Christmas music and the Botanical Gardens inside are dressed to the nines with fantastic holiday decorations. The Venetian and Cosmopolitan offer ice skating on artificial ice. Crystals at City Center has also been exquisitely decorated, featuring unique white LED Christmas trees. Silverton has a scuba-diving Santa Claus who jumps into the casino’s 117,000 salt water fish tank daily.
Then there is the food. Every buffet offers a Christmas feast and many restaurants have scrumptious specials enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Of course, Christmas is just the lead in to the fantastic celebrations of New Year’s Eve. The town will fill to overflowing during the coming week as party revelers prepare for the big night. The Strip will be mobbed with thousands of people. The best entertainers in the world will be performing at special parties all over town.
If you’ve never been to Las Vegas for New Year’s we recommend you try it at least once. This town knows how to party.
TO DIE FOR! That’s the only way to describe the delicious food from Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant. Gino Ferraro and his son Mimo prepared a scrumptious feast for the annual Christmas meal for our employees and the employees of sister company Nevada Parlay Cards.
We had sausage and peppers (hot and spicy), meatballs (just the right amount of bread) and chicken piccata (pounded tender to melt in your mouth). Of course there was rigatoni (al dente) with marinara sauce, fresh baked Italian rolls and salad.
Speaking of marinara sauce, we think Ferraro’s is the best we’ve ever tasted, better even than the recipe the late Chuck DiRocco got from his grandmother, which we dearly loved. And, Gino tells us he now has the sauce available for sale in the restaurant. You can bet we will never make our own marinara sauce again.
Dessert was an assortment of heavenly Italian cookies (made by Gino’s wife Rosalba Ferraro), mini-cannolis and cheese cake.
CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS! If you find yourself bored with some of the less than stellar upcoming bowl games, you might find your time better spent sorting through your desk drawers, old boxes, closets, and nooks and crannies where you might have stashed casino chips years ago. Some of them can be worth a lot of money.
The American Numismatic Association has recognized the value of casino memorabilia and included the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club in their October show in Dallas.
Actually, it doesn’t have to be casino chips. It could be anything with a casino logo on it, including match books, ashtrays, postcards, napkins, coasters, menus, dice, cards and much more.
The CC>CC’s four-day Las Vegas show is coming up June 19 at South Point casino. We know that sounds like a long way off, but it really isn’t. It will be here before you know it.
PARTY TIME: We had the pleasure of attending the Christmas party of Las Vegas real estate broker/manager Kevin Buckley held at Kelly’s Prime Steak & Seafood restaurant at 3900 Paradise Road (where Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse used to be).
We were impressed with how well the restaurant, only open a short time, handled the sit down dinner for approximately 50 people. The food, all delicious by the way, was served in a timely manner and no one was left drooling while watching their neighbor chow down, as sometimes happens with large groups.
Kudos to Kevin for a great choice of venue.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].