Executive Chef Geno Bernardo Celebrates His Birthday with a Special Cooking Class at Nove Italiano on April 9

LAS VEGAS- Executive Chef Geno Bernardo celebrates his birthday by hosting a special cooking class, Geno's Favorite Dishes, at Nove Italiano inside Palms Casino Resort at noon on Saturday, April 9.

The five-course menu provides a sneak peek into Chef Geno's childhood, as he showcases his favorite dishes from Grandma Bernardo's classic recipes. Before the class, guests can enjoy a refreshing libation created by Mixologist Jack "Sugar" O'Brien. Called La Madrina, which is Spanish for Godmother, the cocktail features Don Julio Silver, cucumber juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and maraschino liqueur. La Madrina is served over crushed iced and garnished with a strip of ribboned cucumber.

The culinary journey begins in Nove's kitchen, where Chef Geno teaches students how to prepare each course and offers insider tips and tricks. As a small memento each participant receives the recipes to take home and try in the comfort of their own kitchens. After the demonstration, guests are seated in Nove's elegant Garden Room, overlooking Las Vegas' skyline, and served the flavorful meal paired with an exceptional selection of wines. The cost of the cooking class is $75 per person. Space is limited.For reservations, please call 702.942.6800.

Geno's Favorite Dishes Cooking Class Menu

Bigeye Tuna
Farmer market melon salsa, finger lime

Grandma's Meat Ravioli
San Marzano tomato

Wild Striped Bass
Acqua pazza

Beef Braciole "pinwheel-style"
Asparagus, lemon-prosciutto vinaigrette

Strawberry Pistachio Pie
Pistachio pastry cream, fresh strawberry jam, sweet dough pie shell, whipped cream

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Nove Italiano sits atop the Palms Casino Resort's Fantasy Tower and combines inspired design, superb Italian cuisine and unsurpassed energy-not to mention some of the city's most spectacular views. Named #1 Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas by Orbitz in 2009, Nove Italiano transforms perceptions of Italian dining just as N9NE Steakhouse, situated in the original Palms tower, revolutionized the American steakhouse. Created by Executive Chef Geno Bernardo, the menu offers a wide range of crudo (which means "raw" in Italian, often ceviche or sashimi), thin-crust pizzas, variety of steaks and a large selection of wine and premium cocktails. Nove Italiano offers the Pomagranita, a cool and sweet libation that combines Ketel One Oranje, POM, Pama Liqueur and simple syrup. Every Tuesday is local ladies' night, where local females receive 50% off their entire food bill, as well as cocktails and wine by the glass. Every Thursday, Nove offers happy hour, where guests can enjoy $7 specialty dishes and cocktails in the lounge from 6 - 8 p.m. In addition, Chef Geno hosts an exclusive cooking class every other month, giving food enthusiasts an up-close-and-personal look at dishing up classic Italian fare. The restaurant is a unique blend of classical and modern elements, an intriguing combination that permeates both the dining room and the kitchen. Adjacent to the lounge is the main dining room, illuminated by dramatic LED Swarovski crystal chandeliers hanging from a multi-vaulted ceiling covered in high-gloss brass-and-steel mosaic. Nove Italiano is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 - 10:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 - 11 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.novelasvegas.com or call 702.942.6800. Visit Facebook and Twitter for updates on Nove Italiano and Executive Chef Geno Bernardo.