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Cafe Martorano: YO CUZ! Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

yo signMy husband and I ended up at Steve Martorano’s Cafe Martorano: Yo CUZ! by mistake. What a happy mistake it was. We had gone to the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to see the much advertised magic show by Penn & Teller, only to find I had got our dates wrong and we were there on the wrong night. It was bitterly disappointing. I asked the young man at the ticket desk if there was a good yo saladrestaurant in the hotel that I could treat my husband to dinner to make up for my error. He recommended Cafe Martorano: Yo CUZ!. It was a great shout.

The restaurant is on the second floor of the Casino area of the Rio Hotel in the Masquerade tower. I liked the trendy atmosphere very much.  The settings were formal enough to make the evening feel special, but the yo lasagnedress code was relaxed and made us feel comfortable. We secured a table by the window overlooking the Rio pool area. It was a lovely to look out as the sunset lengthened the shadows. They have TVs which were showing old movies and videos of the owner giving cooking lessons. Our waitress was friendly. She showed us images of the specials on a tablet. This was great, and probably the first time I did not space out when someone went over the specials of the day. The food was great. The bread brought before the meal was excellent and since we got there right when it opened, it was nice and warm.yo steve

My husband had a domestic beer and I asked for a cocktail. Cafe Martorano: Yo CUZ! does not seem to have a house cocktail, so I chose a margarita. Both were good. I chose the tomato and warm mozzarella to start and my husband opted for the South philly cheese steak sandwich. both sounded simple, but were absolutely delicious.

For our main courses my husband had lasagna which he thoroughly enjoyed. He is partial to lasagna and said this was the best lasagna he had ever had (except mine – of course!). I chose yo puddingthe Spaghetti DOP. The staff offered us fresh paramsan too and that made all the difference. The meals really were marvelous.

I was much too full to order dessert. However, my husband, in the cause of research, of course, chose the red velvet cake. He needed to find out if this was as good as the other courses. He said it was, so I had to try a little to see if he was right. He was, the cake melted in the mouth. It was excellent.

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience at Cafe Martorano: Yo CUZ!. We found the service delightful, the view interesting, the ambiance fun and, most importantly, this was one of the finest meals we had had in a long time. I do highly recommend Cafe Martorano: Yo CUZ! at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas.

Valerie Penny





Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino,3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103, USA

rio outOn a recent visit to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, my husband and I had a chance to visit the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. This hotel is housed in its own tower. Predictably, Rio is a busy Brazilian themed casino resort offering opulent all-suite accommodation a block from the Strip. It is a lively hotel and a party atmosphere reverberates through the vibrant red, purple and blue neon towers of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, where large suites, ample entertainment and popular dining combine for the ultimate off-Strip experience.

We ere really taken by the meals at the Rio. The Carnival World rio gambleBuffet certainly delivers on its name and offers the delicious fare of just about everywhere. Another must-try eateries in the Rio is Martorano’s. Our meal there was delicious. Alternatively, you might want to try Hash House A Go Go. It has a home-style atmosphere and serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner items in enormous portions. You could also stop for a burger at the BK Whopper Bar or the All-American Bar & Grille. There are plenty of choices.

No Vegas vacation would be complete without a show, so we planned to take in the grand illusions of magical duo Penn & Teller, but due to a mix up we missed the show and lost our opportunity to see them. We also did not get our money refunded by the hotel, rio chipsalthough they re-sold our tickets to someone else. That left a sour taste in my mouth and there was no way my husband wanted to see the male dancers of Chippendales nor did I want to see the beautiful ladies in the topless revue X Rocks! However, both men and women will delight in amazing views of Las Vegas from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub, located on the 51st story of the resort’s Masquerade Tower.

This resort exudes high energy fun and watching the tricks and antics of the bartenders is amazing. The vibrant 100,000-square-foot casino floor features more than 1,200 slots, all the favorite table games, poker room, race and sports book and keno lounge. The resort rio roomalso plays host to the main event of the World Series of Poker each year. The staff here takes customer service very seriously, and the service is courteous, friendly and prompt but not intrusive. The suite-sized rooms are also among the largest in town, with amenities ranging from a refrigerator to an in-room safe.

rio poolThe Rio’s pool area, which includes a sandy beach, looks and feels like a tropical paradise. We were very impressed. The Rio also offers fabulous shopping in Masquerade Village and throughout the property as well. We decided against shaming ourselves and avoided trying the VooDoo Zip Line. It is an 800-foot zip ride, it may add excitement at the resort, but we felt it was more excitement than we were looking for. It takes off from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub, located atop the hotel’s 50-story Masquerade Tower, guests can cascade toward the Ipanema Tower, reaching speeds up to 33 miles per hour passing the beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip.

If you are looking for a Carnaval spirit, head to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Like its namesake in South America, this is a marvelous resort in the middle of the desert. I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny