Balla Italian Soul

Sahara Las Vegas

Take Your Pleasure Seriously


Joining the resort’s award-winning culinary lineup is Balla, a new Italian concept from James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain and partners Richard and Sarah Camarota of MC Hospitality. With Balla, the group will use their acumen for redefining established genres to create an experiential, high-energy destination restaurant featuring seasonal Italian cuisine representing a number of Italian regions.


Balla promises to offer everything you know and love about Italian cuisine made bold and fresh in a vibrant setting that celebrates Italian culture and la dolce vita. Signature dishes will include Balla’s selection of aperitivos, handmade pastas, Roman pizzas, an array of fresh seasonal vegetable dishes and salads, and rustic fire-roasted meats and fish, as well as a Euro-centric, eclectic wine list, unique cocktails and playful desserts featuring espresso liqueurs. The restaurant design will boast bold contemporary Italian art to create stylized spaces for authentic gatherings for both intimate and sizeable social parties. Balla will also feature a live-action kitchen complete with a pasta-making window and a takeaway deli.


Headshot - Chef Shawn McClain

Chef Shawn McClain


No stranger to Las Vegas, Chef McClain is an outstanding restaurateur who has opened multiple renowned and critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago, Las Vegas and Detroit. His portfolio consists of both fine dining and casual restaurants each offering ingredient-driven cuisine served in chic, high-energy atmospheres. Winning both critical acclaim and establishing smart, sustainable businesses have been the hallmarks of his career.


Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla is full of energy. It’s everything you know and love about Italian cuisine made bold, exuberant and somehow new. This is a contagious vibrant space to celebrate Italian culture and all that makes it wonderful.


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