Over the decades I have watched the changes in Las Vegas. It went from the very cool days of The Rat Pack when it was a “family city.” Then for a blink of an eye, it was a family-oriented city. It went from ultra cool to Pirates and Knights of the Round Table to a Circus. Now it is a city where I try to avoid to The Strip, because I don’t recognize what happened to it, the glamour is gone. We go there, because two of our children live there, as well as five of our grandchildren. So now we get to see the “other” Las Vegas, where all of the real people that work in the city live.
One night we went to Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar, because kids are fussy these days and they will eat pizza. I have to admit that they will also eat sushi, but their Grandfather won’t, it is just so out of the realm of my comfort level. I think there were ten of us having dinner that night and they were all making decisions on the menu. The restaurant is a New York style pizzeria, and our waiter made it all the more better. I mean not only was he a great waiter, but that accent was a breath of fresh air and totally added to the ambience of the restaurant. There was an assortment of different dishes ordered, and they were very accommodating in making the dinner work, not only for the kids, but for the Grandfather as well. Here we were in a strip center location out in Summerlin with none of the pretense of The Strip and the pizzas were great. There is just something so heart warming as when you grab a slice of pie and the cheese is stringy and gooey, just like when I was a kid and they even offered anchovies.
When I was growing up, I think beer was the proper pairing with pizza, or there was the straw covered flask or fiasco bottles of Chianti, that may have turned off people to wine, as the wicker-works probably cost as much as the wine that was in the bottle, but it is fun to still see the bottles as props, I even have one at the house with the mandatory candle mounted in the neck of the bottle with traces of wax dripped on the straw. My Bride was enjoying Montevina Glass Falls Pinot Grigio 2014, a California wine. This was a nice crisp white wine, where the fruit is harvested from several locations, hence the California AVA or designation. Pinot Grigio is a rather delicate grape and wine, and it is created very quickly and is usually done in Stainless Steel vats, instead of barrels, and is made for quick consumption. This is a type of wine that is not made for long storage, but is very refreshing especially with some of the spicier items that one can have with an Antipasto and with some of the toppings on pizza. I on the other hand tried the Petra Zingari Toscana IGT 2012 from Italy, as I am always game for a wine from Italy, especially from Tuscany. The Toscana IGT designation is for wines that are made using non-traditional grapes for the region and this particular wine was made from Petit Verdot that one usually finds as part of the blend in the Medoc. It had enough taste and body for the dishes that I was eating, so it was pleasurable, not as full bodied as some other wines that I have had with that designation, but also not priced as dear as some of those other wines as well. It was an evening with the family, but I was still able to get some wine in the mix, as my grandchildren I think equate their Grandfather both with his hat and sport coat, as well as with his wine.