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Via Brasil Steakhouse, a Brazilian Churrascaria, is now open in Summerlin. An extension of the award-winning Via Brasil restaurant in New York City, Via Brasil Steakhouse Las Vegas joins the growing number of Churrascaria-style restaurants in Southern Nevada.
A churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse. Churrasco is the cooking style and when churrasco is translated from Portuguese, the meaning is similar to ‘barbecue.’ Distinctly a South American-style rotisserie, it owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gauchos (South American cowboys) of southern Brazil, traditionally from the Pampa region. Various meats were roasted over an open pit and along with seasoned vegetables, rice and beans, the gauchos would present their meals to their families. This was meant as a celebration as the gauchos would carve their meat right at the table to show skill and pride in their herd.
In a restaurant, this is known as rodizio service where passadors (meat waiters) come to your table with knives and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of meat, including beef, pork, filet mignon, lamb, chicken, duck, venison, sausage, or fish. Fourteen different kinds of meats, including “Picanha,” (Brazilian cut top sirloin), poultry, pork tenderloin, barbecue ribs, chicken breast, lamb and plain or bacon wrapped filet mignon and fish are prepared on their custom-made “Churrasqueiras” (rotisseries) and carved tableside. Side dishes, appetizers and desserts from their dessert cart are also offered.
“We are pleased to bring Via Brasil Steakhouse to Las Vegas and present a taste of Brazilian cuisine and culture to the many locals and tourists,” said Adam Gomes, co-owner of Via Brasil Steakhouse. “Guests will enjoy our impeccable service and energetic ambiance that provides a new twist on the dining experience; and, of course, our Caipirinhas.”
Caipirinha is considered the national Brazilian drink. Traditionally served with fresh lime and Cachaça (Brazilian rum), Caipirinha can also be prepared with such fresh fruit as grape, kiwi, orange, passion fruit, raspberry and strawberry and Cachaça may be substituted with other rums, red wine, sake or vodka, and is also specially prepared tableside from a fully stocked bar cart.
Via Brasil Steakhouse also features a gourmet salad bar with an extensive array of hot and cold dishes, cold cuts, cheeses, assorted salads and sushi made fresh daily. A vegetarian option offering a wide selection from the salad bar is also available. An appetizer menu, serving portions of the more popular dining selections, will be available at the bar.
With an interior inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, the 9,200 square foot restaurant features a large full-service bar, a private room with a projection screen for special functions and corporate events, two beautiful interior water walls and a floor to ceiling wine cellar showcasing the restaurant’s extensive selection.
Via Brasil Steakhouse will also offer a Champagne Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Champagne Brunch will feature complimentary mimosas, an omelet station, assorted breakfast and lunch options at the salad bar, as well as made-to-order breakfast classics, prepared tableside.
There is also the gourmet Executive Lunch option, priced at $23.95 and includes a choice of one entrée: Brazilian top-sirloin, chicken or salmon and the gourmet salad bar featuring hot and cold side dishes, cold cuts, cheeses, an assorted salad bar and sushi made fresh daily.
“We are pleased to offer a quick, high-quality option to those looking for an alternative to the usual lunch experience during the work week,” Gomes said. “Guests can enjoy a delicious meal without the wait at a fraction of the cost.”
Via Brasil Steakhouse will be celebrating the month of November with 2-for-1 on all of their cocktails at the bar during Happy Hour. Drinks include everything Via Brasil Steakhouse has to offer, from their signature Brazilian Caipirinhia to beer and other cocktails. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Open seven days a week, Via Brasil Steakhouse is open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at Noon and open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, with extended hours until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Happy Hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Friday between 4 and 7 pm. Reservations are encouraged.
Via Brasil Steakhouse
1225 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 100,
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Located in Summerlin on the southwest corner of Charleston Boulevard and Fort Apache Road in the Fort Apache Commons shopping center