Retro by Voltaggio

Las Vegas
American Restaurant
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Retro at Mandalay Bay lives up to its name with an '80s and '90s theme to showcase the inventive dining of Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, who competed against each other in the same season of Top Chef before finishing as the top two. The restaurant is billed as a one-year residency in the room formerly known as Aureole with the iconic wine tower now a multi-level exhibit of board games, roller skates, album covers, and other examples of throwback memorabilia. A retro touch is also noticeable in the plates and glassware (some of which were pulled out of MGM Resorts' storage and formerly used at iconic spots like Le Cirque). The food itself thrives with nostalgia too, but prepared with fine-dining kitchen techniques. Beef cheeks are slow-cooked for two days, turning the tough meat into tender cuts for a pot roast with jus and vegetables in old-school CorningWare. "Voltaggi O's" are poured from a can (just like your favorite soup-style spaghetti from childhood) with brown butter added to a spicy marinara sauce for a touch of sweetness and bright orange color. If that sounds too much like kids stuff, try the Lobster Thermidor with beautifully buttered lobster meat on a crab cake with lobster roe pancakes on the side. Even the drinks look like something from a TGI Fridays menu in the '80s, but prepared with ingredients that any craft bartender would appreciate. 
How to book: Go online to book a reservation. 

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