What’s Going On: May

May the 4th be with you!  Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo (not Mexican Independence Day). Remember to tell your Mother you love her on May 8th, then rock out to Do Doubt at Rock in Rio. And I almost forgot IKEA opens this month, I used to love eating at their Swedish Market when I was little. Meatballs anyone. 

Here is a rundown of some great events to get your eat and drink on in and around Las Vegas this month:

– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details. *=Must be 21 or over to attend.
  • May 1st10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d times vary, prices vary – Locations vary per time and day. The last day of the Big Cheese of Las Vegas food events. There are 2 events taking place this day, both are brunches, so don’t sleep in or you’ll miss both.
  • May 1stGreat American Foodie Fest 12n-10pm, $10 – Sunset Station Casino. It’s the last day to enjoy some of the nations top food trucks and vendors. Formally the Las Vegas Foodie Fest.
  • May 4th-8thSan Gennaro Feast times vary by day, $10 – Craig Ranch Park. Honor the patron saint of Naples while enjoying great Italian food and music, as well as different vendors and events for the whole family.
  • May 6th – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course, food.
  • May 7th*Mother’s Day Wine Walk 3-6pm, $25 – Downtown Container Park. Enjoy a sampling of wines and bubbly, all in honor of Mom.
  • May 7thO’hana Festival 10am-4pm, $6 – Springs Preserve. O’hana means family, and more specifically extended family. So grab the whole “family” and enjoy a taste of Hawaii.
  • May 7th & 8thArt Festival of Henderson 9am-4pm, Free – Henderson Events Plaza. Featuring Art, music and stuff for the kids, all in downtown Henderson.
  • May 13thHappy Hour Gang 5pm-8:30pm, No ticket to purchase but you are responsible for your own bill – Herbs and Rye. If I had to join a gang this would be it. Their motto is: “Keep calm and have a drink!”and they meet up at various hot spots in the valley. This Friday, the location is Herbs and Rye for their Happy Hour, which features amazing cocktails and half off steaks.
  • May 13th & 14thTaste of Town Square times vary by day, price varies by event – Town Square. Spread out over 2 days, this event highlights food and drink from some of your favorites spots at Town Square. There’s a 4 course dinner Friday night, A Backyard BBQ Saturday, and a more casual small bites sampling Saturday evening. Ticket proceeds support various local organizations.
  • May 14th 5th Annual Southern Nevada Wine to Remember 6-8:30pm, $50+fees – Marroccofella Estate. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and support the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest.
  • May 14th*Locals Only Beer Festival 2-6pm, $30+fees – Neonopolis. Celebrate local and craft beer breweries in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Featuring music, games and The Food Junky food truck.
  • May 14thKingman Wine Festival 11am-6pm, $20 – Firefighter’s Park Kingman, AZ. Enjoy a taste of Kingman, Arizona featuring a sampling of area food and wine as well as entertainment and vendors.
  • May 15thBrunch on the Ranch 9:30am-12n, $35 – Craig Ranch Regional Park. Enjoy the farmers market, then head over to the pop-up brunch and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Travis Pena. The brunch supports On the Ranch Alliance, a 501(c)3.
  • May 21stIce Cream Festival 10am-4pm, $10 – Springs Preserve. We’ve already had a few 90 degree days. So what better way to celebrate the heat, than with a little ice cream. Bring the kids because there will be face painting, story telling, a magic show and the chance to win an Adventuredome Birthday Party.
  • May 26th*Epicurean Affair 7-10pm, $115 general admission – Palazzo Pools. Featuring the best of Las Vegas’ food and drink scene. The proceeds from the event support Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs.
  • May 27th & 28thBest Dam Barbecue Challenge times vary by day, free – Boulder City. The best of Nevada, California and Arizona will be competing for $12,000 in cash prizes and the crown of Nevada State Barbecue Champion.
  • May 28th*Brews and Blues 4-8pm, $35 advance – Springs Preserve. The name basically sums it up, live music, beer and food.

*=Must be 21 and over to attend.

– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details.

 

Delicious Authentic Italian Pizza, No Passport Necessary

You’re hungry, but you don’t want to cook and you want to stay out of the drive thru. When most people find themselves in this predicament, ordering pizza is usually the answer. Unfortunately, when most Americans think of pizza, their only reference point is something from the ubiquitous chains that offer game day specials, with a side of hot wings. We in Las Vegas are lucky, we don’t have to travel to Italy to try some authentic Italian pizza. Just head down to Henderson, and visit Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana.

The mark of a VNP certified pizzeria

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is a member of the Vera Pizza Napoletana. When I first visited Settebello, I had no idea what the Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) was, all I knew was that I hadn’t tasted pizza like this since I visited Italy. Whether it was the cheese, tomato sauce, dough, or toppings, what I tasted was the true flavor of each ingredient.

San Marzano Tomatoes

Vera Pizza Napoletana literally means true Neapolitan pizza. VPN was created to protect and defend the art of traditional pizza making as it began in Napoli (Naples) over 200 years ago. The VPN requires VPN certified pizzerias to follow certain standards. Many ingredients come directly from Italy like the crushed San Marzano tomatoes used in the sauce at Settebello. I find that a lot of people don’t like tomatoes and it’s usually because they’ve never tasted a home gown tomato, picked ripe. A good tomato should be more sweet than acidic and full of flavor. This is the flavor that the San Marzano tomatoes bring to the sauce at Settebello. Settebello also uses fresh milk mozzarella cheese, not the processed mozzarella used on most pizzas. Settebello pizzas are cooked in a wood burning oven at high temperatures, usually for no more than 90 seconds. This, along with chef Carmine D’Amato’s cooking skills, creates a pizza where the cheese has melted to perfection, yet more delicate items like basil are cooked just long enough to bring out the flavor.

Bags of flour used for the pizza dough imported from Italy

While I don’t think you can go wrong with any pizza at Settebello, my favorite pizza is the Pizza Lasagna. It’s topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, wood oven sausage, dollops of ricotta cheese, parmigiano regiano, basil, extra virgin olive oil and mushrooms (on my Pizza Lasagna I like to replace the mushrooms with artichokes). Another favorite of mine at Settebello is the Pizza Bianca or White Pizza. The Pizza Bianca comes with prosciutto crudo, arugula, parmigiano reggiano, and extra virgin olive oil. The Pizza Bianca has no sauce on it, and while I love the flavor of the San Marzano tomatoes, the Pizza Bianca allows you to really taste the clean milky flavor of the fresh mozzarella.

Pizza Lasagna

As good as the pizzas are at Settebello, if you only have pizza there, you’re doing yourself a disservice. There is a great happy hour menu at the bar. One of my favorite offerings is the Fritta, a calzone filled with prosciutto cotto and fresh mozzarella. The calzone is fried just enough to give the outside a slight crispiness, then it’s topped with those slightly sweet crushed San Marzano tomatoes. And for a starter, I recommend the Involtini di Prosciutto. Call it a salad if you like, but it’s much more exciting. Involtini means little bundles and that’s exactly what you’ll get, little bundles of baby arugula wrapped up in creamy goat cheese and prosciutto. The bundles are topped with shaved pieces of parmigiano reggiano, then drizzled with a balsamic reduction and extra virgin olive oil. With each bite you get to savor the combination of the peppery, salty and sweet flavors of the ingredient as they come together in the bundle. And last but not least, what would a dinner of true Neapolitan pizza be without homemade gelato for dessert.

Involtini di Prosciutto

The next time you want pizza, put down the phone, hop in your car, and head to Henderson for some authentic Neapolitan pizza at Settebello.

Settebello

$15-$25/person

across from The District at Green Valley Ranch

140 Green Valley Parkway

Henderson, NV 89012

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