The Casino File: Atlantic City dominates ‘Best Casino Restaurant’ 2020 Readers’ Poll; Live! Philadelphia books three local food outlets
Capriccio, the old-school Italian room at Resorts Casino-Hotel, won the #1 ranking in the USA TODAY poll for the nation’s best place for casino diningResorts Casino-Hotel

The Casino File: Atlantic City dominates ‘Best Casino Restaurant’ 2020 Readers’ Poll; Live! Philadelphia books three local food outlets

Hard Rock Atlantic City is the only gaming hall to have two dining rooms on the list.

The votes are in and readers of USA TODAY have declared Atlantic City the nation’s best place for casino dining.

Coming in at numero uno is Capriccio, the old-school Italian room at Resorts Casino-Hotel. Capriccio was cited for its “create-your-own antipasti menu, salads, veal and chicken parmigiana, osso buco and fresh pastas, served with excellent views of Atlantic City” (more to the point, the fantastic views are of the Boardwalk beach, ocean and Steel Pier).

Resort’s next-door neighbor, Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City filled two spots with its own Italian outlet Il Mulino (3) and the Asian-based Kuro (6). No other gambling jurisdiction has as many on the list; Las Vegas has two, Bardot Brasserie (ARIA Resort & Casino) and Mizumi (Wynn Las Vegas), which rank 9 and 10 respectively.

Rounding out the balloting were:

*Atlantis Steakhouse, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, Nev. (2).

*thirty-two, IP Casino Resort Spa, Biloxi, Miss. (4).

*NYY Steak, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Coconut Creek, Fla.(5).

*Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz. (7).

*Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla. (8).

Unfortunately, Atlantic City and Pennsylvania were shut out in the newspaper’s Best Casino Hotel balloting as well as that which determined the best property outside of Vegas. The former category was captured by Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn, while the latter was topped by Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, Cal.

Ocean AC pushes back Brightman date

The Ocean Casino Resort performance by popera titan Sarah Brightman, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 24, has been postponed (due to COVID-190, of course) until Dec. 4, 2021.

Tickets are available here.

In Pennsylvania

Live! Philly announces first dining options

Live! Philadelphia Casino & Hotel has announced its first set of dining operations. The complex that is scheduled to open early next year adjacent to Citizens Bank Park in South Philly, has partnered with three of the city’s signature food operations, outlets of which be located in a food court that has been dubbed the 10th Street Market. The trio of businesses are Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, Chinese stalwart Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen and Termini Brothers Bakery, the 99-year-old South Philly icon whose cannolis are as much a part of the local culture as cheesesteaks and soft pretzels.

“When we made a commitment to open a new property in Philadelphia, our goals were to become an active member of this community, to be a good neighbor and to uplift the businesses in this community,” said Joe Billhimer, executive vice president of Cordish Gaming Group, which is building the complex.

“The opportunity to partner with these Philadelphia institutions at a dynamic location like the Stadium Entertainment District was an opportunity we could not pass up. We are proud that our family-owned business can partner with these three iconic family-owned businesses that have served Philadelphians for generations.”

The Casino File will appear Fridays and when news breaks. Chuck Darrow is Bettors Insider’s Casino Lifestyle Editor.

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