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RESTAURANT REPORT

ARA Pizza and Pasta Bistro, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, received 13 demerits Aug. 25. Violations included employee observed not following proper hand-washing procedures. GRADE: B

Piano quintet kicks off UNLV season

The 5 Browns, a quintet of sibling pianists from Utah, breezed through classical and more contemporary works Monday in the opening concert of the Charles Vanda Master Series at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Readers spill the beans

No barbecue is complete without baked beans, and with our nearly year-round barbecue season in the valley, it’s fortunate there’s a ready source of Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans for Sandra Gersh.

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Bazzini Barbera

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French chef tempts with burgers, shakes

Classically trained French chef Laurent Tourondel, who did a stint at a three-star restaurant in New York and at Caesars Palace, gives the traditional American sandwich gourmet treatment at the BLT Burger in The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Belly clam search a success

I finally have good news for all of the readers out there — and believe me, there are lots of you — who are looking for whole-belly clams.

Recipes to the Rescue

Readers share favorite ideas for quick weeknight dinners.

RESTAURANT REPORT

Aurelio’s Pizza, 7660 W. Cheyenne Ave., received 19 demerits Aug. 19. Violations included dirty knives stored with clean in knife rack. GRADE: B

Barely Out of the Water

Seafood in the desert? Isn’t there something a little … well … oxymoronic about that? “I love that question,” said Rick Moonen, executive chef/owner of rm seafood at Mandalay Bay. “And it does come up often.” But Moonen and other local chefs say that thanks to modern transportation and technology, the seafood served in their Las Vegas restaurants is as fresh as that ’70s East Coast spot purported its to be. “Halibut’s off the boat one to two days from the time we get it,” Moonen said.

Plenty of resources for frozen quail in valley

Some might quail at the idea of eating quail (sorry!) but it’s a delectable little bird, and one that reader Bob Matzke is trying to find, either fresh or frozen.

Win-Win Situation

Interested in doing good while eating well? During Las Vegas Restaurant Week from Monday through Sept. 7, 79 top Las Vegas restaurants will offer special lunch and dinner menus and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Three Square, which works to provide nutritionally balanced meals for hungry people in the valley.