TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, hosted its third annual media pizza making competition, featuring local media personalities competing for charity on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Competing chefs included JJ Snyder, co-host of The Morning Blend on KTNV Ch. 13, Rob Kachelriess, contributing author at Thrillist.com, Jason Harris, contributor at Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas Magazine and Marisa Finetti, food and wine columnist at Vegas Seven, Luxury Las Vegas and DAVID Magazine. Each participant worked with TREVI Executive Chef Jose Navarro to create a pizza using individually-selected ingredients.
The pizzas were judged on taste, creativity, and presentation by a panel of guest judges and local performers including Mariah of FANTASY, The Gazillionaire from ABSINTHE Las Vegas and James Davis of Chippendales. The winner received $500, donated by Landry’s Inc., the parent company of TREVI Italian Restaurant to a charity of their choice.
Jason Harris won with a pizza titled, “The Fall of Man” featuring robust fall flavors including fresh pear, brie cheese, pancetta, arugula, honey, lime, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and candied walnuts. The donation will benefit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.
Snyder’s charity of choice was Vegas Shepherd Rescue and whipped up the “Pizza Bella,” topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, black olives, jalapenos, diced chicken, and mushroom.
Kachelriess cooked for Opportunity Village and created a flatbread style “Holiday Pig” featuring arugula, ricotta cheese, and bacon.
Finetti selected The Shade Tree and competed for a donation by creating the “Miso Delicioso” with steamed carrot, mascarpone cheese, and miso paste.
All participants were in good spirits and visited with each other while the judging was happening. They also took the time to try the creations of their opponents and compliment the creations.
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, as well as has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015. The restaurant offers classic and contemporary Italian fare, a gelato bar featuring fresh gelato made daily and a dynamic atmosphere. Executive Chef Jose Navarro serves a menu that blends classic and contemporary Italian fare. TREVI, owned by Landry’s, Inc., is open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday. More information and reservations are available at www.trevi-italian.com or by calling 702.735.4663. Follow TREVI at www.Twitter.com/TREVILV, www.Facebook.com/TREVILV and Instagram @TREVILV.
ABOUT LANDRY’S, INC.
Landry’s, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming, and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Mitchell’s Fish Market Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper and Mastro’s Restaurants. Landry’s also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s, Grotto, Willie G’s and others. Landry’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Lake Charles, La. Landry’s entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.