While we're at Eataly, we purchase a little stracchino cheese to take home to make stracchino and speck risotto and mortadella sandwiches for consumption later in the day.
With the heat, a stop at the pool is an inviting idea and we spend a few hours relaxing, paddling, and reading our books.
Afternoon at the pool
We also enjoy a few great dinners on our short stay. After arriving, we head over to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, sitting outside on the balcony with a great view of the fountains and water display at Bellagio across the street. We feast on steak with frites and a bouillabaisse (full of great seafood) and watch the crowds go by on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Steak frites and bouillabaisse
Our other diner is at Scarpetta, in the Cosmopolitan. We've tried to get reservations at Scarpetta in New York and never been able to get in. At home, we make one of their famous dishes, Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil, and tonight we get to try some others: Mediterranean octopus (with marbled potato, green tomato, nduja onion jam, and salsa verde), buratta salad (with pesto, roasted pepper, heirloom tomato, and balsamic), lobster risotto (with corn and cherry tomatoes), short rib agnolotti (with brown butter, horseradish and toasted breadcrumbs), and duck and fois gras ravioli (with a marsala reduction).
Mediterranean octopus, buratta salad
lobster risosso, short ribs, duck and fois gras ravioli