Nicole Brisson Unusual Italian restaurant Amari
Following the successes of Brezza and Bar Zazu at Resorts World Las Vegas, chef Nicole Brisson and hospitality veteran Jason Rocheleau are launching their third restaurant, Amari, at UnCommons this winter.
The Italian restaurant planned for southwest Las Vegas will feature artisan pastas and pizzas and a market where customers can purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy at the restaurant or take home.
“We really wanted to do something that went back to mine and Jason’s roots, like these more American Italian-style neighborhood restaurants where it’s very pizza- and pasta-centric,” says Brisson, who previously opened Eataly in Park MGM, and Local Italian Cuisine at Mountain’s Edge.
In 2021, Eater Vegas awarded Brezza Restaurant of the Year for Coastal Italian Cuisine. In March 2022, Brisson and Rocheleau are joining forces to open the European tapas and café restaurant Bar Zazu.
Brisson and Rocheleau’s move to the $400 million, 40-acre mixed-use UnCommons campus marks the continuation of a trend of restaurant owners moving off the Strip.
“You see all these people who had amazing restaurants coming out of the Strip,” Rocheleau says. “Over the past five to eight years, the off-strip is really emerging. And that’s where you’re going to see a lot of culinary talent settling down. And it is necessary.
Brisson says the move to UnCommons puts the restaurant in his backyard.
“Right now, a lot of my universe and Jason’s universe consists of a lot of conventions that really drive our business. It’s usually what’s in town and you organize experiences around those people,” says Brisson. “I think we have a great following in Vegas. I feel like the out of band community is asking for a premium product and a premium product. And I think a lot of our clientele will be friends and peers. I think it will be like home every day.
Brisson and Rocheleau are still beefing up the menu at the nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant, but Brisson is eyeing a signature Bolognese lasagna, tableside Caesar salad and traditional antipasti from local farms to be among the dishes.
The market in front of the restaurant will also offer take-out versions of some dishes and pints of bolognese and pomodoro sauces.
Amari will join at least eight other bars and restaurants when UnCommons opens, including Coffee Class, a tiki tequilería called Todo Bien and a sports lounge called General Admission.