The luxurious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas has gone through several dining
transitions recently. Back in August we heard about the resort's decision to add more vegan and vegetarian options. In November, we learned that the space formerly occupied by Daniel Boulud Brasserie became the Lakeside Grill on the hotel's
Lake of Dreams. Now Wine Spectator reports
that the Wynn's Alex restaurant, one of the most luxurious restaurants
on the Strip, will close on January 15 after a six-year run. Chef Alessandro "Alex" Stratta will stay at the hotel and run Stratta, a more casual restaurant that focuses on wood-fired pizza and Italian-inspired cuisine.
The restaurant served classic French cuisine with an Italian twist and using fresh ingredients. The $185 tasting menu
included items including crispy carbinieri prawn with cauliflower, savory custard, vadouvan curry and carrot ginger sauce and saute of Sonoma foie gras with sweet potato, caramelized onions, black truffles and butternut squash sauce. The restaurant's jewel-box-like setting will now be used for special events
and private parties.
The comprehensive and expensive Alex wine
list had earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2010 and the resort plans to distribute the wines in Alex's several cellars to other restaurants at the Wynn. Danielle Price, wine director for Wynn and its sister resort Encore, who expressed disappointment in the decision, told Wine Spectator that the high-end Italian wines will got to Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and the majority of the other wines from the cellar will be added to the SW Steakhouse wine list.