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4:26 pm – September 05, 2012

George Knapp: TV host’s past catches up with him?

… In Las Vegas, posh restaurants come and go. Celebrity chefs rise and fall. But there is one constant: Piero’s. Knappster and the Viking made one of our rare visits to the off-Strip eatery during Restaurant Week and were reminded of what a cool joint it still is. The ageless Freddie Glusman was holding court, as always. The night before, he had introduced boxer Mike Tyson to showbiz legend Jerry Lewis, and then stood back as the two swapped stories and posed for photos. On the night we visited, the still-dazzling Pia Zadora popped into the booth next to us and introductions were made. A few of the old-style wiseguys made famous in Casino (which was filmed in Piero’s) still crave the osso buco or stone crab. It is the only eatery in a town of great restaurants where the clientele is as important a draw as the food. Glusman could write a book, but would be better as the host of a reality TV show, a program drenched with celebs, power-brokers, athletes and a mobster or two. …


GEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at


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