Date of review: July 29, 2016 | Reviewed by: Venus Wong
For an Italian restaurant that proudly boasts “Theatre” in its name, the interiors of Il Teatro certainly live up to the drama. Grand lighting fixtures appear above every table, and the space is sprinkled with oversized flower arrangements. Swooping wooden bannisters surround a few of the tables, sectioning off small dining areas with extra privacy. Iconic tunes from Andrea Bocelli and Frank Sinatra are played as background music, adding to the old-school factor. Sitting by the window is highly recommended, as you’ll get an unbeatable view of Wynn Casino’s fountain light show with synchronised classical music — a spectacle that comes to life every ten minutes.
We were informed by the waiter that chef de cuisine Nicolas Olivas — who recently joined the team — specialises in seafood, a fact that that became evident throughout the course of the night. The seafood dishes impressed with their robust flavours and generous portions, both evoking Southern Italy. The meal started off with a basket of fragrant bread and tomato pesto, served with a special olive oil and vinaigrette produced in-house. The grilled Sicilian octopus, sundried tomato, crispy polenta comes oaked in red wine, lemon juice and pesto, seasoned perfectly with just a touch of salt and pepper. The spaghetti, Maine lobster, tomato, garlic, white wine, chili is the undisputed star of the main courses, with a gorgeous display of pasta, embedded within a juicy whole lobster shell. The spaghetti is cooked al dente — drenched in lobster reduction and herb aioli — and tastes as amazing as it looks. The sprouts and cherry tomatoes provided a touch of texture and zest, making the savoury dish less heavy. If you have a penchant for rich flavours, go for the truffle mushroom soup, where the porcini mushrooms are soaked in water, blended and drained. The truffle foam makes this concoction richer, smoother and more fragrant than regular mushroom soup.
The restaurant offers an extensive list of wines by the glass from various regions of Italy at different price ranges. The waiter was able to recommend a Riesling that had the perfect amount of dryness and sweetness to complement the lobster spaghetti.
The waiters were considerate and warm, with an meticulous eye for detail: shawls were brought over to the table immediately once a comment about the room temperature was made. The staff was able to give long and detailed explanation about the preparation of the dishes as well as the origin of the wines.
Dinner for two people with multiple starters and glasses of wine and dessert came to be just over $2,000 dollars, a fair price to pay given the amount of food and the incredible view.