There are those in this town who say that the "old Las Vegas" is no more. They decry the corporate takeover of the strip and fondly remember the days when casino bosses had nicknames like "Joey the Mailbox."
For these people, there’s one familiar face that hasn’t changed much in 25 years -- Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens Restaurant on East Tropicana. The original (est. 1983) was on Eastern Ave near Tropicana next door to Freed’s Bakery, another Las Vegas main stay. The Carluccio family moved their great reputation to its current location in November 1988. When the family moved their restaurant they were nervous the customers wouldn’t follow, but the people came. They came in droves. The restaurant was popular both with locals and visitors. People from all walks of life came here, including the Mob.