A Chef’s Guide to Las Vegas Trupti Rami, New York Magazine · June 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm It’s commonly understood that the best way to explore a new place is to go straight to the locals. Each week in the Urbanist, we take that wisdom one step further by seeking out not just locals but local experts — those who are especially well versed in their cities’ newest and most noteworthy scenes — to give us insider tips. This week, we asked veteran Las Vegas chef Gina Marinelli, the chef and owner of newly opened La Strega, for her recommendations in Nevada’s biggest city. Everybody outside of Las Vegas thinks of it as the Strip. That’s what drew me here, but it’s the city that captured me. We always want to be known for more than the Strip, and while it’s still the core of the city, we’re expanding a lot beyond it. The hotels go up, and then they come down; Las Vegas hosts some of the biggest shows, the best restaurants, that 24-hour lifestyle. Winter is the best time to visit, when the nights are cooler, but every time you come there’s something new.