The Sparklings

Talk about an extreme makeover… they did an amazing job renovating the spot formerly occupied by Nagoya. What once was dark and dingy is now open, airy, and elegant.

The food was hit or miss. The light and fluffy Crispy Gnocchi ($7.50) had great flavor and a nice variety of textures with the creamy pesto, Italian sausage, and candied walnuts. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the meal. The Tuna Tartare ($8.50) was dominated by an acidic and fruity flavor. The Bacon and dates wrapped meatballs ($7) were ok but the sauce lacked depth. Then there was the Grilled Octopus ($7)… I like eating octopus when it’s slices or chunks of large tentacles. The version here is presented as 3 tiny, whole octopi. I can’t say I was a fan. Too chewy even for normal octopus standards.

They do have a kid’s menu, so that’s a plus for anyone with a family. Service was great, but then again there was only one other party there.

The menu is fairly large with a long list of small plates, sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts that span a variety of cuisines. You’ve got Italian, Cajun, Classic American, French, and Asian inspired dishes.A little more focus might make this place even better, but as it stands, there’s enough to satisfy mosts tastes for a nice, inexpensive night out.

3 Stars

8310 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 293-5003

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