Monday, January 18, 2010

RAO's Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Launches Lunch Menu, "Pizza in the Park"

Buon appetito! Rao’s Caesars Palace, the East Harlem icon that calls now Las Vegas home, is serving its award-winning Southern Italian-style fare for lunch with “Pizza in the Park.” Available Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can enjoy the new menu while experiencing the Rao’s indoor patio modeled after New York’s Jefferson Park. Chef Carla Pellegrino’s menu showcases the perfect array of dishes including antipasti, pizza and desserts for that enjoyable lunch with friends, family or colleagues. Prices range from $7 to $17, making for an affordable yet delectable meal.

“Pizza in the Park” begins with gli antipasti including Affettati Misti (thinly sliced parma prosciuto, soppressata, cubed provolone cheese, gaeta olives, pickled cornichons, sweet marinated garlic and mache greens); Caesars salad and Insalata della Casa (green leaf lettuce, iceberg, cucumber, endive, fennel, radicchio, red onion and tomatoes with the house vinaigrette).

The signature pizzas created in the Rao’s wood-burning ovens offer guests an assortment of options including Bianca (Focaccia), a White Pizza (no cheese) topped with coarse salt, extra virgin olive oil and rosemary sliced and served in a basket; Margheritta with pomarolla sauce (Neapolitan style strained tomato sauce specially made to top pizza), mozzarella, fresh tomato and fresh basil; Quatro Formaggi with fontina, gruyere, gorgonzola, mozzarella cheese and white truffles extra virgin olive oil; Quatro Stagione with pomarolla sauce, artichokes, parma prosciutto, gaeta olives and champignon mushrooms; Salciccia and Ricotta topped with mild Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, fresh ricotta cheese, rosemary and extra virgin olive oil and Piadiana Romagnola, a thin crust pizza sandwich stuffed with mozzarella, parma prosciutto, arugula let tuce and extra virgin olive oil.

If there is still room, the desserts or dolce include Torta di Ricotta Dolce, Italian-style ricotta cheesecake; Torta di Noccioline, a peanut butter tart with chocolate crust or Chef Pellegrino’s popular Tiramasu.

Caesars Palace is the world’s best known resort-casino, celebrating the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world’s top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 23 diverse restaurants and cafes, five-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 300,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars and spotlights world class entertainers such as Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld and Cher. Journalists may access media materials and request high-resolution images at Find Caesars Palace on Facebook at and follow (@caesarspalace).

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