Carlo's Bake Shop
When you think of Buddy Valastro, you think of over-the-top extravagant cakes that may or may not be in the shape of Wrigley Field or your favorite Transformers character. But the “Cake Boss” has a few small-scale options as well, such as this boutique bakery with some killer pastries.
Here's evidence that even bakeries can tap into celebrity chef culture in Las Vegas. Carlo's Bakery is a companion piece to Buddy V's Ristorante, an Italian restaurant by Buddy Valastro across the hallway in the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes. Lines get notoriously long during peak hours, but that just gives you extra time to mull over your order—before changing it all over again after seeing what's for sale in the display cases. A tourist trap? Maybe. But it's hard to find a more complete collection of Northeast-style bakery goods on the Strip. Best sellers include cannolis, lobster tails, layered rainbow cakes, and brownies topped with thick, decadent fudge icing. Apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies are also in high demand this holiday season, as well as Buddy's Sweet Potato Pie Dream Cake (an exclusive via DoorDash). The Piecaken is a pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple upside-down cake in one—and you'll be the hit of any party if you show up with it.
How to order: Look for Carlo's Bakery on the second level of the Grand Canal Shoppes. Special orders can be placed online or via delivery apps.