When it comes to seafood, Paul Bartolotta is a legend. They fly in fish daily from the Italian Mediterranean sea, so you’ll see all sorts of fish varieties that you simply can’t get in the United States.
Simple preparation. Perfect execution. Big money.
The whole fish costs $15 for 100 grams. You easily could spend $150 on a fish. So we decided to go for the Top Chef tasting menu ($180): giving us a taste of Langoustines (also flown in live from Italy, so they were in the sea less than 24 hours ago), and the whole fish.
The simple sciabola fritto (fried blade fish) was a perfect way to start.
The Ligurian Octopus salad was the most delicious octopus I’ve ever had.
And the grilled shrimp, spiny lobster, and langoustines did not disappoint. So simple, but so delicious.
Then came the whole fish, filleted table-side. We had the orata fish, a gilthead sea bream. It was a flavor unlike any I’ve ever had. The flakiness of a light whitefish, but the taste of a meatier fish, like a mahi mahi. Just a really cool experience, eating a piece of fish that I’d literally have to go to Italy to enjoy.
Great desserts too, a fun plate of ice cream, sorbet and gelato.
Eating at Bartolotta is an experience that is well worth the money. A once-in-a-lifetime joy of savoring unique flavors, with such simple preparation.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV