Las Vegas is set to come out of Covid-19 better than ever

CNN Matt Villano • Published 14th April 2021

Al Solito Posto is the newest restaurant from chef James Trees.
Sean Jorgensen

Surprisingly, the food scene in Las Vegas has grown during the pandemic.Perhaps the most notable addition: Al Solito Posto, the newest restaurant from chef James Trees.Trees, a James Beard award finalist last year for his work at Esther’s Kitchen in the city’s Arts District, opened Al Solito in the suburban neighborhood of Tivoli Village as a place for Las Vegas residents to get classic Italian dishes such as the chicken parmesan and rigatoni alla vodka they might find on the East Coast.

“For a lot of my customers with ties to the East Coast, the food [at Al Solito] is like the stuff their grandmother used to make,” said Trees. “In a lot of cases, these are people who haven’t gone out to a restaurant in a year. They’re ready. They’re resilient. They’re hungry to get back to lives they had before.”Other notable additions to the dining scene in and around town include Din Tai Fung, a dumpling-and-noodle house at Aria that is famous for its Shanghai-style soup dumplings filled with Kurobuta pork; Delilah, an Art Deco-themed supper club at the Wynn; Vegas Test Kitchen, a pop-up restaurant incubator in downtown Las Vegas; and Milpa, a healthy Mexican restaurant near Spring Valley with hearty roasted vegetable bowls, tetelas and tacos.