If you find yourself staying, or playing at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas anytime soon, chances are you will put away enough cocktails from their famed mixology beverage program to entice quite an appetite. Luckily, you don’t have to settle for bar food or leave the Cosmopolitan to enjoy some seriously marvelous food. Their restaurant collection includes thirteen of some of the most diverse and admirable pairings of food you can’t find anywhere else in the world plus one secretly stashed away pizza joint that rivals true NYC pizza taste and lacks a name. Here’s a hint: art galleries and billiards are fun, but you can find treasure down a hall of vinyl record cases.
I’ve had the privilege to enjoy many of the restaurants at the Cosmopolitan, but only one deserves true recognition and is a must try if you have the taste buds God gave you. D.O.C.G. is a self-proclaimed “Las Vegas wine bar named after a category of wine called Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita or the highest level of Italian wine origin. D.O.C.G. is a casual rustic Italian steakhouse featuring pizza, pasta, steaks and chops, in addition to a large selection of Italian wines. The design is at once modern and rustic with exposed brick and reclaimed wood.”
Headed by Chef Scott Conant (who is also Head Chef at Cosmopolitan’s sister restaurant, Scarpetta) whose resume holds an impressive history of New York City restaurants and an extensive study in Italy working with highly acclaimed chefs and fusing his N.Y.C. and Italian experiences together to create his own elucidation of Italian cuisine into one restaurant.
D.O.C.G. graciously ignores the “flare” you can find at some other Italian restaurants on the strip. You won’t find the hostess speaking in a fake Italian accent, the music playing overhead is Kanye West, not Italian Opera and the menu is thankfully, primarily in English. The ambiance is polished – without pretense, following the Cosmopolitan’s foundation and is the ideal atmosphere to enjoy everything on their menu from the grilled filone, duck egg & fondut appetizer to the almost-too-sweet-but-I-can’t-stop-eating-it caramel budino dessert.
Not willing to brave the grilled filone and duck egg? You should as this is Vegas after all, and chances are whatever you are about to get yourself into after dinner is much worse, D.O.C.G. does offer full pizzas, whose crust is thin enough and is sized just right for two to three people to enjoy without filling up before the main course. You won’t find pepperoni or sausage on this pizza; it’s all about the prosciutto, arugula & parmigian pie or “The D.O.C.G. Pizza” featuring fonduta, egg and truffles.
If you are in a pasta frame of mind, give the pici, braised duck sauce and black trfflese pasta a try, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. But if you came here for the grand finale, you must order from the grill and go for the Australian lamb chops. For $32 you can take pleasure in these four chops – strategically placed on their plate in a way that makes you salivate just looking at them, slightly disappointed in their size but to savor the flavor of each taste well makes up for it. You have your choice of three sauces – salsa verde, béarnaise or peppercorn. Order what you like, but leave it on the side for dipping. These chops are best on their own. Welcome to the only thing that could ever keep me away from my future wife, D.O.C.G. Austrailian lamp chops. Well done, D.O.C.G., well done.
Unfortunately, my stomach filled up before I could try everything they offered, but when I go for round two, I will make sure to fuel my appetite with a bottle of Ca’marcanda Promis in advance, sit back, let the ambiance take me in and the array of gourmet Italian goodness take me away.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours of Operations:
Open 7 days
Sun-Sat 5:30pm to 11:00pm