TREVI Italian Restaurant Local Personality Pizza Cook-Off

In honor of National Pizza Week, TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, hosted a pizza cook-off Wednesday afternoon featuring local news personalities competing for charity.

Sean E. Cooper and ladies of FANTASY at Luxor with Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan
Sean E. Cooper and ladies of FANTASY at Luxor with Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan

Competing chefs included John Huck and Olivia Fierro of FOX 5 KVVU, Jessica Janner of ABC 13 KTNV, Kim Wagner of NBC 3 KSNV and Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Each participant worked with TREVI Executive Chef Peter Scaturro to create a pizza using individually-selected ingredients.

Back Row: Kim Wagner, Olivia Fierro, John Huck, Doug Elfman, Jessica Janner and Chef Peter Scatturo; Front Row: Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro
Back Row: Kim Wagner, Olivia Fierro, John Huck, Doug Elfman, Jessica Janner and Chef Peter Scatturo; Front Row: Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro

The pizzas were judged on taste, creativity and presentation by a panel of guest judges including: recently-crowned Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan; Sean E. Cooper and the cast of FANTASY at Luxor; and Chef Jose Navarro of Grotto inside Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, owned by Landry’s Inc. The winner received $500, donated by Landry’s Inc., to a charity of choice.

Judges Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro taste competitor’s pizza
Judges Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro taste competitor’s pizza

Elfman was crowned a unanimous champion with a pizza featuring portobello, oyster, button and shiitake mushrooms. The donation will benefit Poppy Foundation, a local cat shelter specializing in rescuing and helping cats and kittens with special needs or illness.

Doug Elfman with his winning pizza
Doug Elfman with his winning pizza

Huck and Fierro competed for Dress for Success of Southern Nevada and created a Hawaiian-style pie featuring goat cheese, mascarpone, pineapple, caramelized Maui-style onions and pancetta.

John Huck and Olivia Fierro with TREVI Executive Chef Peter Scaturro, middle, creating a pizza
John Huck and Olivia Fierro with TREVI Executive Chef Peter Scaturro, middle, creating a pizza

Janner’s charity of choice was the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Nevada. She created a pizza highlighting her Brazilian roots with salami, corn, ricotta cheese and cilantro.

Wagner cooked for Safe Nest Shelter and created her favorite flavor of pizza topped with pepperoni and black olives.

As the competition winner, Elfman’s pizza will be featured on TREVI’s menu for a week beginning Monday, Jan. 12, with the remaining pizzas included in weeks to follow.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ragazzo

ABOUT TREVI:

TREVI is located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars next to the ‘Fountain of the Gods.’ TREVI has been voted “Best of Las Vegas” for Italian cuisine by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The restaurant offers classic and contemporary Italian fare, a gelato bar featuring fresh gelato made daily and a dynamic atmosphere. Through a recent acquisition by Landry’s Inc., TREVI has introduced an entirely new menu by executive chef, Peter Scaturro, new cocktails and more to showcase the stunning restaurant. The laid-back restaurant and bar is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. More information and reservations are available on TREVI’s website or by calling 702.735.4663. Follow TREVI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TREVILV.

ABOUT LANDRY’S, INC.:

Landry’s, Inc. is a national, diversified restaurant, hospitality and entertainment company principally engaged in the ownership and operation of high end and casual dining restaurants, primarily under the names of Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Cafe, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Chart House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Claim Jumper and Saltgrass Steak House as well as a fine dining signature group of restaurants: Mastro’s Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony’s, Oceanaire, Grotto, Willie G’s and others. The Company is also engaged in the ownership and operation of gaming, hospitality and entertainment businesses, including the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, Atlantic City and Biloxi, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk, the San Luis Resort Complex, and the Downtown Aquariums in Denver and Houston. Landry’s, Inc. and Tilman Fertitta’s affiliated companies generated approximately $3 billion in revenues in 2013.

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