Las Vegas is no stranger to exceptional dining experiences, and the city’s vibrant culinary scene has just welcomed a new establishment: Retro at Mandalay Bay. This throwback-themed restaurant, masterminded by acclaimed chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, promises to take diners on a nostalgic journey through time while offering modern twists on classic comfort food. With menu highlights like chicken pot pie croquettes and wagyu beef pot roast, Retro is an ode to the past that will delight and satisfy even the most discerning palates. By taking over the space once occupied by Aureole, the Voltaggio brothers are embracing the opportunity to create a dining experience that blends the past with contemporary flair.
A celebration of all things vintage, Retro takes inspiration from the bygone eras that defined American cuisine in the 80s and 90s. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be transported back in time with its retro-inspired decor, sleek mid-century furniture, vintage artwork, and a warm, inviting atmosphere that harkens back to a simpler time.
The heart and soul of the restaurant lies in its meticulously crafted menu, which pays homage to traditional American comfort food while incorporating contemporary culinary techniques. Michael and Bryan Voltaggio have put their culinary expertise to work, infusing each dish with their unique creativity and attention to detail.
One standout item on the menu is the Chicken Pot Pie. Imagine tender, succulent pieces of chicken and vegetables whisked into a creamy sauce and then wrapped in a delicate, breaded crust. It’s a clever twist on a classic, set on black truffle coulis and topped with a gold flake. This bite-sized comfort food will have you reaching for more.
For those seeking a truly indulgent experience, the Wagyu beef pot roast is a must-try. Slow-cooked to perfection, the tender and flavorful wagyu beef is paired with seasonal vegetables and served in a Corningware casserole dish. This dish is a prime example of Retro’s ability to elevate traditional favorites to new heights, delivering a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is both familiar and exceptional.
Beyond these highlights, the menu at Retro offers various delectable options, including reimagined classics like deviled eggs with a twist, a play on spaghetti-o’s renamed, of course, VoltaggiO’s. While the food at Retro is undoubtedly the star of the show, the restaurant’s commitment to exceptional service and attention to detail further enhance the dining experience. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about ensuring every guest has an unforgettable time. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or simply seeking a memorable night out, Retro is a culinary journey that captures the essence of nostalgia while embracing the innovation and artistry of modern cuisine, reminding us that the past can indeed be reimagined and made even more delicious.
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