Mob-inspired Capo’s Speakeasy has classic Vegas atmosphere & authentic Capone family secrets
By Don Logay
If you mention you’re heading to Las Vegas, and ask a seasoned traveler for some good restaurant recommendations, you’ll likely hear, “Capo’s… you gotta get to Capo’s.”
Why? Capo’s is a much coveted and somewhat secreted spot on Sahara Avenue. It’s owned and operated by restaurateur Nico Santucci, a well-known figure around Las Vegas. In between filming his latest project in Los Angeles, you can often find him tucked at the bar with his namesake “Nicotini”, or taste testing the latest special while carefully observing his guest’s enjoyment.
When you arrive, you’ll find an unassuming entrance (around back – naturally) that leads into a small vestibule. Ring the bell next to the red door and you get your first taste of the “speakeasy” ambience. While we don’t want to tell you much more, you would be best served to know the password “du jour” which you can learn by texting (702) 764-3175.
Once inside, while good smells fill your nose and after your eyes adjust to the dark, ambient lighting, you’re transported back to Vegas the way it used to be… with red upholstered booths, flocked wall paper and walls filled with notorious mob figures, Sinatra and the Rat Pack. A stop at the bar area provides an up-close view of the kitchen performing their orchestra of flavor mingling. The anticipation builds. This place is old school. Put your mobile devices away.
The classic menu takes you back even further, with mouth-watering authentic Italian dishes and incredible sauce recipes that were truly purchased from the Al Capone family. Even the dishes are mob inspired, with Genovese Calamari, The Mob Meatball Salad and a variety of fresh “made-man” pastas, for example. And the world-famous baseball-sized meatballs drenched in Capone family marinara and giardiniera (regularly featured on television) are not to be missed, nor are the lamb chops… trust us!
While you dine, an old school lounge singer wanders the room crooning Dean Martin and Old Blue Eye’s favorites while taking requests. Before long, you’ll find yourself talking like a Chicago mafia wise-guy.
In fact, next time someone says they’re heading to Las Vegas, bet you say (like the seasoned traveler you are), “Capo’s… you gotta get to Capo’s.”
Connect with Capo’s on social media: @NicoSantucci @CaposRestaurant. To learn more visit www.caposrestaurant.com.
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