Unsung Gem: Le Provençal Restaurant at Paris Vegas
You might not hear about it all that much, but Le Provençal restaurant at Paris Las Vegas is beloved by many, including this blog, for its traditional French-Italian food, great service, welcoming atmosphere and, especially, that food part.
We’ve been craving the restaurant’s Mozzarella alla Caprese (below) lately, which is surprising because we aren’t exactly a tomato person. The appetizer is $8, and features vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella with olive oil and a balsamic reduction, whatever that might be.
Le Provençal has an old European village vibe, but with better plumbing.
The restaurant’s walls are covered with murals of the French countryside, and the waitstaff perform French and Italian songs throughout the night.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. The waiters and waitresses burst into song. If you’re like us, just the thought of it strikes terror in your heart. But fear not. The singing is actually of high quality, enjoyable, and suits the charming ambience of the restaurant perfectly (and unobtrusively).
Here’s a little Le Provençal trivia that has little or nothing to do with Le Provençal. You’ll note “Provençal” features a little squiggle under its “c.” That’s a “c” with what’s called a “cedilla.” As everyone knows, the cedilla was first used for the sound of the voiceless alveolar affricate in old Spanish. Read more if you’re a complete squiggle nerd.
House specialties at Le Provençal include the Artichoke Milanese with roast garlic fondue and Le Provençal Bouillabaisse (a shellfish stew served in a cast-iron pot).
Also tempting are the Chicken Provençal, Pan Roasted Sea Bass Filet, the Grilled Veal Chop and the tender Ribeye with Herb Butter. Le Provençal also offers a selection of pizzas, pastas, chicken and seafood. All right, all right, we lifted all that from the restaurant’s Web page. What are you, a professional interrogator?
This blog is especially fond of the eatery’s Brick Oven Flat Breads, which are strikingly similar to “pizzas,” just fancier.
Of course, we can’t forget the desserts, the details of which we would like to have written down, but we were dizzy from our massive intake of the aforementioned Brick Oven Flat Breads. Trust us, the desserts are incredible.
Feel free to check out the full Le Provençal menu, sans desserts for some reason, right here (in .pdf format).
We haven’t found that reservations are needed, usually, but if you insist on making one, you can partake in the clustery goodness of calling (702) 862-5138.
You will, naturally, be unable to resist perusing our exclusive, mouth-watering photo gallery.
Provencal at Paris Las Vegas