Chef Scott Conant opens Masso Osteria in Las Vegas

Now Open in Las Vegas: Scott Conant's Masso Osteria

Scott Conant, celebrity chef and the restaurateur behind Best of Award of Excellence winner Scarpetta in Miami, has a new restaurant in Las Vegas. Italian eatery Masso Osteria opened Feb. 16 in the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. Located about 10 miles west of the Strip, Red Rock is also home to Best of Award of Excellence winner T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge.

"It's the culmination of my entire career," Conant said in a statement following the opening. "All of the things we're excelling at, products we've used over time or recipes we've tweaked and elevated—there are hints of sophistication, but at the same time there's an overall approachability to the space."

According to Masso Osteria sommelier Stephanie Cimino, who previously worked at Best of Award of Excellence winner Giada, the new restaurant's wine program is a departure from what guests might expect to find on the Strip. With roughly 300 selections—including nearly 30 by-the-glass options—the list focuses on Italian wines, supplemented by bottlings from France, California and Oregon, and highlighting popular producers and regions as well as lesser-known ones. A "sommelier's pick" section allows diners to sample higher-end wines in 1-ounce, 3-ounce or 6-ounce pours from an Enomatic automated wine dispenser.

Conant's menu of Italian favorites includes pasta al pomodoro, squid ink rigatoni, house-made stromboli and steak Fiorentina. A family-style chef's tasting menu is also available for $65 per person.—L.W.

Renata Follmann