A comped meal at Circo, the "little brother" of Le Cirque at Bellagio, confirms my impression that this restaurant is one of the most outstanding in America. I eat there every trip to Vegas, and am never disappointed.
This time my friend and I began with a special, a silken and gossamer-thin ravioli of veal napped with a butter-parmesan sauce which just toed the line of being too rich. We went on to the rack of lamb, my favorite dish of all dishes - as always, it was flavored awesomely and done to a turn, juicy and tender. A rather pedestrian red pepper and potato tower accompanies: it really deserves a garlicky gratin or something more toothsome. For dessert my friend enjoyed creme brulée, while I had the warm chocolate torte with a peanut butter centre and banana ice cream: small portion but just right after such a terrific meal.
I know that I am spoiled as an RFB guest; but this is one restaurant I would pay my own money to eat at, any time. Our bill was $375 before tip, but the wine accounts for about $130 of the total.
The sommelier found us a wonderful amarone to accompany our meal, shared our enthusiasm for this Veneto vintage and frequently checked back with us during the meal. The waiters were formal but friendly, just how I like it. The view onto Lago Bellagio and the dancing fountains is unmatched.