Monday, October 20, 2014

Cafe Gelato at Bellagio - Las Vegas

Over the years we've developed certain habits when we go to Sin City: we avoid the buffets, eat off-the-strip as much as possible, and then come back to Bellagio for dessert at Cafe Gelato.

It's located in a deserted hallway on the casino floor, next to the art museum, which is, by the way, even more deserted. I always order a small--about $5 for a serving that I always forget is too much for me, and that I should've shared it with my lovely companion instead of getting two orders.

The flavors I default to: half scoop Bailey's, the other half Stracciatella, the Italian version of chocolate chip.

The Bailey's has that distinctive Irish Cream, almost-malty finish at the end, and the fine-shavings of chocolate in the Stracciatella melts on contact on my tongue. Gelato, in my opinion, doesn't get better than this--lighter and fluffier than ice cream, but with more body and richness than soft serve.

We always eat ours outside in the hallway in the plush armchairs next to the window--yet another habit we've developed. And after all these years, Cafe Gelato still serves theirs in a specially-designed cup, which we rinse out and bring home as a souvenir.

How many of these souvenir cups have we accumulated in our cupboard? The answer: Enough to prove that we go to Cafe Gelato habitually.

Cafe Gelato
Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-8133

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At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Lynn @ Oh-So Yummy said...

What are you recommendations for offstrip Vegas? We just got back from our vacation Saturday and tried Bachi Burger, Firefly and Gritz Cafe. We also ate two buffets. Oh the gluttony! =)

At 9:25 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

I'm not nearly as up-to-date on the new places in Vegas as I used to be. But with that said, my all-time favorite off-strip restaurants there has to be:

1. Lotus of Siam
2. Goldilocks

On The Strip, I'm a bit partial to:

1. Bouchon
2. Julian Serrano at Aria

But I go to #1 and #2 more than anything!

I'm curious about what buffets are the best right now. Which are your recs for that?

At 9:41 AM, Blogger OC Paul said...

Raku is an excellent modern Japanese fusion place but you'll need reservations because it's small and popular with locals.

KoMex has great Yelp reviews but we were surprisingly underwhelmed with the couple of dishes that we tried.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Excellent! Raku sounds exactly like my speed. Thanks for the comment! I'm definitely going to try that the next Vegas trip...which probably won't be that long from now!

At 9:55 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

I just realized my comment "But I go to #1 and #2 more than anything!" made no sense.

I meant #1 and #2 on the Off-Strip list!

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Lynn @ Oh-So Yummy said...

On our trip, we tried the Bacchanal buffet and the Wicked Spoon, both of which we thought were very good. I personally thought the Wicked Spoon had more appealing entrees but Bacchanal had the biggest dessert selection. I was very excited to see macaroons at the Wicket Spoon though! I hope to post about those next month so stop by!


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