By Jay Jones
9:45 AM EDT, September 25, 2013
Buddy Valastro, a.k.a. the Cake Boss, will open his Las Vegas restaurant on Oct. 7.
Valastro and family-run Carlo’s Bake Shop (often called Carlo's Bakery) in Hoboken, N.J., are probably best known from the TLC reality show “Cake Boss,” which chronicles the interactions among family members and the public in the pursuit of confectionary perfection.
Valastro has been a driving force in the family business since his father’s death when Buddy was 17.
The restaurant business, though, is an outgrowth of his philosophy about food.
“There’s another side to our family and its relationship with food, and it’s just as personal, maybe even more personal, than what we do at the bakery,” he wrote in his 2012 book, “Cooking Italian With the Cake Boss: Family Favorites as Only Buddy Can Serve Them Up.”
“I’m talking about the recipes and dishes, meals and traditions that nourish our bodies and souls when we go home.”
He will be sharing his recipes from his family — mother, grandmother, aunts — at the new Italian eatery.
Family favorites such as Lisa’s Linguine and Clams with Lobster will be among the featured entrees. And, of course, there will be Sunday gravy.
“There’s no more important recipe or dish in our lives than Sunday gravy, sometimes known as Sunday sauce, the pasta sauce we gather to eat together at the end of every weekend,” he writes in his book.
The restaurant replaces the closed First Food & Bar and will overlook Las Vegas Boulevard.
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