Las Vegas import Lavo opens next week in the former Au Bar space, across the street from its sister megarestaurant, Tao. Theres a buzzy nightclub downstairs, but its debatable how much dancing one might do after consuming a one-pound Wagyu-blend meatball, two-foot-long lobster-scampi pizza, and Oreo zeppoles for dessert. Before Brooklyn native Ralph Scamardella became corporate chef of the Tao group, he worked at Le Cygne, the Polo, and Vanessas, but its his stint at Carmines, pioneer of Italian-American family-style excess, thats reflected here most. Chef Manuel Trevio, late of Travertine and Babbo, will reproduce Scamardellas Vegas menu, making tweaks over time check it out below.
Lavo, 39 E. 58th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-750-5588