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Pietro's and Roy's


by Norm Johnson
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First off the bat I hope you have had a safe and sane July 4th celebration. I know I am.

Had an interesting meeting the other day with Pietro Musetto at the Tropicana. You ask who is he and what makes him so interesting? Musetto is a very well known Maitre D' and the world famous Pietro's gourmet restaurant at the Tropicana Resort & Casino is his room. If you were in town during the days of the old Dunes Hotel and ever had dinner at the Sultans Table then you are acquainted with Pietro. When Major Riddle (who at one time owned the Dunes) was in Hollywood on a visit he would often dine at Scandia, where Pietro was employed. The two men became instant friends and six month later Pietro moved his family to Las Vegas. That was around 1965 and he's been doing his magic ever since.

"The business of serving food is like a beautiful picture if done properly," Pietro said. "And here at Pietro's we believe in creating art with every meal." A typical evening at Pietro's includes all the trimmings one would expect from an award winning dining experience. Among the many awards the restaurant has earned, since its inception some five years ago, is being named to the list of America's Top 100 Restaurants in the 20th Century. The luxurious dining room is appointed with overstuffed chairs, hand-polished silver and tableside service for each dinner party. One can expect to be pampered for at least two to three hours. Pietro's is open Thursday through Monday from 5 to 11 pm. Reservations are suggested.

Speaking of art, the Bellagio Hotel has announced that tickets are now on sale for the public to see "Faberge: Treasures from the Kremlin," a landmark exhibition of more than 100 of the world's finest Faberge masterworks. The exhibition will open to the public on August 20 and will run through Jan. 26, 2003. Many of the fabulous gifts commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II for his wife, Alexandra, will be presented in the exhibit, including a selection of the extraordinary Imperial Easter Eggs. Among them will be the greatest and most ambitious of all eggs, "The Moscow Kremlin Egg." Constructed of gold, silver, onyx, and enamel the egg represents the Uspenski Cathedral where the Tsars of Russia were crowned, surrounded by a miniature recreation of the Kremlin wall and made of solid Gold. Tickets for the exhibition are $15 per person and $12 for students and Nevada residents. Call the gallery for further information at (702) 693-7871.

The famed Roy's Restaurant has opened its second location in Las Vegas on East Flamingo, just east of Paradise Road. Roy's has another super location on the West side of town on West Charleston just east of Rampart Blvd. Roy's is famous for its "Hawaiian Fusion" cuisine - a tempting combination of exotic flavors and spices mixed with the freshest of local ingredients. Roy Yamaguchi is the founder of this chain of fine dining and takes a personal interest in every facet of its operation. Roy's is open nightly and reservations are welcome. Dinner is served from 5 until 10 pm. on Sunday and from 5 until 11 pm. Monday through Saturday.

Well, gang, that's it for today. I'm outa here!

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