Emeril Lagasse has announced plans to open his newest restaurant, Emeril’s Italian Table, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Scheduled to open in late spring, the restaurant will be the chef’s third restaurant at the casino and entertainment destination.

Marking Lagasse’s first Italian restaurant, the menu will feature his creative take on rustic Italian-inspired fare including antipasti, cured meats and artisanal cheeses, fresh made pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes.

An adjoining cocktail and wine bar will offer a list with selections from Italy and abroad by the bottle and glass.

“Italian food was a staple in my home growing up and one of the cuisines that I’ve always loved,” says Lagasse. “Fresh, creative and delicious dishes prepared with the very best ingredients is what Italian cooking means to me and what we’ll offer at Emeril’s Italian Table. I'm beyond excited to introduce my first Italian restaurant at the Sands Bethlehem.”

Emeril’s Chop House, Lagasse’s first restaurant at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, opened in May 2009, offering Emeril’s unique twist on traditional steakhouse standards. Burgers And More by Emeril, the chef’s first-ever casual burger restaurant, and a play on his signature expression, “BAM!,&rdqou; opened in November 2009.

Emeril’s Italian Table will incorporate features that allow guests to experience the cooking process up close, including Emeril’s antipasto bar, a wood-burning pizza oven and a cocktail bar with a large window into the restaurant’s kitchen. The restaurant’s open facade overlooks the promenade leading from the new Sands Bethlehem hotel to the nearby casino.

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