9 Group Staff Surprises Chef Geno and Mixologist Jack “Sugar” O’Brien with Italy Shaped Birthday Cake During Nove Italiano’s Cooking Class, April 9

9 Group Staff Surprises Chef Geno and Mixologist Jack “Sugar” O’Brien with Italy Shaped Birthday Cake During Nove Italiano’s Cooking Class, April 9

(L-R) Executive Chef Geno Bernardo of Nove Italiano and Mixologist Jack “Sugar” O’Brien receive a birthday cake in the shape of Italy at the April 9 cooking class. (Photo credit: 9 Group)

In honor of his birthday, Executive Chef Geno Bernardo hosted a special cooking class, Geno’s Favorite Dishes, at Nove Italiano inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, April 9. During the class, Chef Geno and Mixologist Jack “Sugar” O’Brien were surprised with a large cake made in the shape of Italy to celebrate their birthdays, created by Caked Las Vegas Bakery.

Guests at the cooking class enjoyed a five-course menu showcasing Chef Geno’s favorite dishes that he learned from Grandma Bernardo’s classic recipes. Before the class, patrons sipped on a refreshing libation created by O’Brien called La Madrina. The cocktail, which in Spanish means Godmother, features Don Julio Silver, cucumber juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and maraschino liqueur.

Cooking enthusiasts who missed out on this class can join Chef Geno in the kitchen at noon on Saturday, April 30, as he co-hosts a special cooking class with internationally-acclaimed producer and DJ, Paul Oakenfold. The cooking class is $75 per person. Space is limited. For reservations, please call 702.942.6800.

NOVE ITALIANO (Twitter: @NoveLV) Nove Italiano sits atop the Palms Casino Resort’s Fantasy Tower and combines inspired design, superb Italian cuisine and unsurpassed energy—not to mention some of the city’s most spectacular views. Named #1 Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas by Orbitz in 2009, Nove Italiano transforms perceptions of Italian dining just as N9NE Steakhouse, situated in the original Palms tower, revolutionized the American steakhouse. Created by Executive Chef Geno Bernardo, the menu offers a wide range of crudo (which means “raw” in Italian, often ceviche or sashimi), thin-crust pizzas, variety of steaks and a large selection of wine and premium cocktails. Nove Italiano offers the Pomagranita, a cool and sweet libation that combines Ketel One Oranje, POM, Pama Liqueur and simple syrup. Every Tuesday is local ladies’ night, where local females receive 50% off their entire food bill, as well as cocktails and wine by the glass. Every Thursday, Nove offers happy hour, where guests can enjoy $7 specialty dishes and cocktails in the lounge from 6 – 8 p.m. In addition, Chef Geno hosts an exclusive cooking class every other month, giving food enthusiasts an up-close-and-personal look at dishing up classic Italian fare. The restaurant is a unique blend of classical and modern elements, an intriguing combination that permeates both the dining room and the kitchen. Adjacent to the lounge is the main dining room, illuminated by dramatic LED Swarovski crystal chandeliers hanging from a multi-vaulted ceiling covered in high-gloss brass-and-steel mosaic. Nove Italiano is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 – 10:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 – 11 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call 702.942.6800. Visit Facebook and Twitter for updates on Nove Italiano and Executive Chef Geno Bernardo.

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