Debuting the last week of January, the Delano’s new signature restaurant BIANCA, run by Vegas nightlife and restaurant conglomerate The Light Group, will sport a renovated interior and "modern Italian fare." Executive chef Brian Massie, whose mentors include Lidia Bastianich, Charlie Palmer and Gualtiero Marchesi, promises innovative Italian with "local, farm to table organic ingredients" and will be involved with the Slow Food movement. Signature dishes include imported wood-grilled langoustines seasoned with Amalfi lemons; The Truffle Tagliatelle-- house made pasta with fresh Peidmonte truffles shaved tableside and served in a light Parmesan sauce.
Interior features four different areas for drinking and dining and sports a new look: "white walls juxtaposed with natural wood and refreshing green tones" as well as antique pillars imported from Southeast Asia and imported Italian furniture. Blue Sea will remain as is, a communal sushi spot also run by Massie.
The Rose Bar will be "re-introduced," we're told after a brief "cosmetic face lift dusting off the old design and including richer fabrics and colors;" and, finally, much to the dismay of many a cocktail fan, The Florida Room will give way to FDR, "an invited escape speaking to the need of a sexy, evolved nightlife," tout the press materials. Conspicuously absent from all press materials is the name of the guy allegedly running the place, South Beach halcyon days era club guy and ex con Chris Paciello, who is actually a "consultant" to Light Group. "We are excited to partner with Morgans Hotel Group in introducing our brand to South Florida,” says Andrew Sasson, CEO of The Light Group, who got his start as a South Beach doorman way back when, go figure. “Our unique sense of style, attention to detail and cutting edge trends will be a perfect compliment to the chic Delano." [EaterWire]