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Brasserie PUCK Reborn as Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina

Boo hiss to this piss poor economy making street food the cuisine of choice when times are tough.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a burger, pizza and taco as much as the next guy, but Las Vegas has taken a sharp turn towards the beer budget crowd and has had some significant casualties along the way.

R.I.P. Brasserie PUCK

R.I.P. Brasserie PUCK

The latest casualty is Wolfgang Puck’s first French-ish type joint in decades (and my 2nd favorite Puck place next to CUT)Brasserie PUCK at the Crystals mall in CityCenter.  By default, it wasn’t even too fancy schmancy with it being a “brasserie” and all, but a menu of Braised Veal Cheeks and Bone Marrow proved to be too highbrow for people that think they can’t afford anything more than a slice of pepperoni. With that said, Brasserie PUCK is now Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina.

However, the joke may be on all of us clinching our wallets as this won’t be the garbage the good Puck name slings at the airport.  In the press release put out moments ago, these pizzas will feature premium ingredients and have other menu items (albeit more “safe”) that shouldn’t disappoint such as, Ricotta Gnocchi, Ribeye and Salmon.  It’s all about the packaging in this economy as $25 spent at a pizzeria sounds much more affordable than $25 spent at a brasserie.

Thankfully it sounds like the magnificent bar that was at Brasserie PUCK will be a holdover for this new Pizzeria and Cucina.  Sadly, however, gone with the Brasserie is also the lunch service.  The doors open up at 5pm each day.  Boo, I say to you economy. Boo.

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

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4 comments to Brasserie PUCK Reborn as Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina

  • Brock Sampson

    This only means that Brasserie Puck was terribly overpriced for what it was. The Cucina is an excellent idea and much more practical for WP, I say go!

  • Johnathon

    I’m sorry, but despite a few selections involving lower prices, the whole economy situation has been blown WAY out of proportion….Las Vegas has certainly NOT taken a turn towards beer. It’s still very much a wine city. :)

  • Actually, I found the prices to be quite reasonable considering the quality of both the ingredients themselves and the execution of them. The Veal Cheek Spaghetti (granted not very French) came in at a reasonable $22, and that is before a 25% off deal they were offering locals.

    I would be shocked if the prices of this pizzeria won’t be at a similar point to the brasserie, I think it’s just that everyone knows a pizzeria is cheap, but those that don’t know what a brasserie is (which I would argue is most of the general public) would automatically assume it’s expensive.

    As far as the perception of the economy goes, I think that the sensationalized mainstream media made this recession 20x worse than it needed to be, but the reality we have been left with has made for quite a few empty tables at restaurants all over Las Vegas. It’s a shame. There’s a lot of good food out there that’s not being eaten.

  • mia

    While in Vegas this past year i got food poisoning at the restaurant! I was so disappointed and will never reccomend of return to this restaurant!

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