These European travels and culinary experiences ultimately led Marinelli to open her own restaurant, La Strega, located in Las Vegas’ renowned Summerlin community. La Strega, which means “witch” in Italian, is fueled by Marinelli’s desire to captivate her guests and take them on a bewitching and personal adventure across Italy. As La Strega’s executive chef and partner, Marinelli has created a menu that highlights her unique twists on Italian favorites infused with contemporary, fresh yet simple flavors.
In addition to her extensive culinary experience in the kitchen, Marinelli has participated in a roster of valley-wide culinary events, including Bon Appetit’s Uncork’d, Motley Brews, Life is Beautiful and Whiskey in the Wilderness. She’s appeared on “Late Nite Chef Fight” on FYI hosted by culinary enthusiast and former world champion boxer, Laila Ali, and chef/restaurateur, Vic “Vegas” Moea.
When not in the kitchen, Marinelli enjoys running, traveling with her fiance, watching movies and spending time with her two dogs, Beau and Alejandro. An avid football fan, Marinelli’s father is on the coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys, and her brother-in-law is on the coaching staff for the Los Angeles Rams. Her love for music is a close second to her love for food. So at La Strega, her two passions will merge to take guests on a multi-sensory culinary journey that includes delicious food paired perfectly with wine and thoughtfully curated music.
Prior to her joining the team at GIADA, she was the sommelier at Wynn and Encore for nearly a decade where she developed, established and orchestrated wine programs for two of the casino’s high-volume restaurants, Andrea’s and Botero. Torres also supervised wine, sake and all other beverage services for the restaurant’s VIP guests.
Torres earned her Bachelor of Science degree in food and beverage management from University of Nevada Las Vegas. She also completed certified sake professional courses at The Sake Education Council, the first primarily English language-based organization created to promote sake education outside of Japan. Torres is also a level 2 sommelier.
When not pouring for guests at La Strega, Torres enjoys hiking with her dog and watching her favorite movie classics.