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The best ingredients, touched the least amount of
times by the best pair of hands...

 

Our Passion

Ballo Italian, a 16,000 square foot masterpiece within Mohegan Sun, is a work of passion for John J. Tunney III, a restaurant maverick who is best known for his high-profile, always-packed creations in New York, Connecticut, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

BALLO brings Tunney’s passion to the Italian experience with intense design combinations, exceptional service and a fresh, authentic menu of Italian favorites and new creations. BALLO, which means dance in Italian, is inspired by San Galgano – a Gothic abbey built in the 12th century and located in the hills of Tuscany.

"San Galgano represents all that is spectacular about Italy - the history, the passion, the fortitude of the country. What better place to worship the food of Italy than in a place that replicates their mastery?" says Tunney.

The cathedral-like rooms feature authentic Italian fixtures, exotic fabrics and dramatic lighting with one of largest Carrara Marble bars ever built as the centerpiece.

The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Shaun Golan who executes the creative and inspiring menu. Both Tunney and Golan’s commitment to fresh and locally grown foods only adds to what truly makes the dishes inspiring.

Press & Accolades

FOX 61: Chef Shaun & Our Bucatini with heirloom tomatoes

Lady Nod: Our Yummy Story & Date Night at Ballo Italian at Mohegan Sun

FOX61 - Chef Shaun Share's Ballo's Ricotta Gnocchi

Eyewitness News WFSB 3 - Valentine's Heart Shaped Ravioli

WFSB Eyewitness News CT - Ballo Mother's Day Dish

Hartford Magazine - Mohegan Sun Winefest Returns

USA Today: Gaming Getaways Insiders Tip - Ballo Italian

Phantom Gourmet Features: Ballo Italian Restaurant

Mohegan Sun Casino - BALLO Italian Restaurant

The Boston Foodie: Ballo Restaurant

Connecticut Magazine: Drink Trend Ice is the New Star of Creative Cocktails

Dining Out: Ballo Restaurant treats can liven up dinner at Mohegan Sun

Dining Out: Ballo Restaurant treats can liven up dinner at Mohegan Sun

The Hot Zone USA - Mohegan Sun & Ballo Italian

The Hartford Business News - Mohegan Sun to open Italian restaurant

Long Islander - Entrepreneur To Open Restaurant in Casino

Montville Patch - Now Open: Ballo At Mohegan Sun

Examiner.com - BALLO restaurant opens to raves at Mohegan Sun Casino

Foodette Reviews - Press Preview of Ballo at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT

Examiner.com - Construction sneak-peek: BALLO Italian Restaurant and Social Club at The Sun

The Resident - Ballo Under Construction at Sun

Front Row Eats - Ballo Italian Restaurant and Social Club: A Behind the Scenes Tour

Montville Patch - Mohegan Sun's Newest Restaurant, Ballo, Ups The Ante

ZAGAT - BALLO Italian Restaurant Headed to Mohegan Sun

The Day - Celebrity restaurateur John J. Tunney to open Ballo eatery at Mohegan Sun

Green Certified Restaurant

The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is a national non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainability in the restaurant industry. Since 1990, the GRA has worked with thousands of restaurants to help them reduce their environmental impact and promote Green Dining to consumers nationwide.

To become Certified Green Restaurants, Ballo had to meet a rigorous system of transparent, science-based standards, including the following click for more...

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  • ELIMINATE HARMFUL MATERIALS
  • WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING
  • RECYCLING TO THE MAXIMUM
  • DISPOSABLES
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  • CHEMICALS & POLLUTION REDUCTION
  • WATER EFFICIENCY
  • SUSTAINABLE FURNISHINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS

By meeting these standards, Ballo has significantly lowered its environmental impact and has become a model of sustainability in the restaurant industry. Ballo is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant, having earned 186.71 points and completed 44 steps. Ballo is the first and only Certified Green Restaurant located in a casino east of the Mississippi.

Here are some of the changes Ballo has made:

  • LOW-FLOW FAUCET AERATORS
  • HIGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY SPRAY VALVES IN KITCHENS
  • TAP FILTRATION SYSTEM & RECYCLED GLASS BOTTLES
  • RECYCLING & COMPOSTING
  • GREEN SEAL CERTIFIED SOAPS & NON TOXIC CHEMICALS
  • POST CONSUMER RECYCLED MENUS & TOWELS
  • LOCALLY SOURCED PRODUCE & PROTEINS
  • POST CONSUMER RECYCLED PAPER THROUGHOUT