New pool, new Italian restaurant in Sahara Las Vegas: Travel Weekly

A new Italian restaurant and redesigned pool area are coming to the Sahara Las Vegas this summer.

James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain and MC Hospitality introduce Ballo, which offers seasonal Italian cuisine in a vibrant setting. Dishes include aperitifs, handmade pasta, Roman pizza, vegetable dishes and salads, and fried meat and fish.

Contemporary Italian art will help create different spaces for a variety of party sizes. A live-action kitchen, a noodle-making window, and a take-away deli add to the high-energy space.

In addition to Las Vegas (Sage and Five50 Pizza Bar), McClain has opened several critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago (Spring, Green Zebra and Custom House) and Detroit (Highlands).

A rendering of Ballo featuring Italian cuisine under the direction of James Beard Award winning chef Shawn McClain.

“We are constantly striving to set the standard with our culinary program,” said Anthony Olheiser, vice president of food and drink at the resort. “Shawn is both a highly decorated chef and a smart operator who is the perfect addition to our exceptional restaurant portfolio.”

The new 35,000-square-meter Azilo Ultra Pool with Moroccan decor and lush greenery is a flexible place for party seekers, sunbathers and event planners.

A 10,000 square foot LED wall will wrap around the perimeter of the pool area to monitor sports and other livestream events. State-of-the-art visual presentations, lighting and sound packages will envelop guests.

Azilo will also have VIP cabanas with televisions, private pools, spas, and restrooms. Day beds; Water lilies; three bars; and seating in the lounge. It is open daily to resort guests and the public. Special events are planned for Friday and Saturday evenings.

“Azilo Ultra Pool and Ballo, along with the many other updates we’ve made to the resort, create a unique guest experience only found in the Sahara,” said Paul Hobson, senior vice president and general manager. “These additions, like our other newly expanded amenities, are designed to create a designed boutique experience that our guests can customize and truly make their Las Vegas experience their own.”

The resort, which is undergoing a $ 150 million transformation, will also host Magic Mike Live in a new showroom starting August 27th.

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