Batista's Hole in the Wall (Las Vegas)
I was looking through some posts that slammed Batista's Hole in the Wall. A relative says it is great. I can see that it is a traditional red sauce place. Is it being slammed because it is red sauce or is it weak red sauce and deserves slamming.
I'm a fan of immigrant S. Italian food - Battista's is not the strongest example of such by a long shot. It won't kill you, though. Depends on what you're used to, I guess.
I think it gets slammed because it's a high price place, and the food only passable. It's got Vegas Strip prices, and in reality, should only be charging half the prices they do.
You want excellent Italian food, big portions and a great atmosphere? Try The Bootlegger. They are a drive down the Strip, past all the major resort hotels. They are near a big outlet mall, and on the left side of the steet.
They make AWESOME Osso Bucco. If given a choice, I'd eat at The Bootlegger over BHITW any day, but that's just me. Plus? Batista's is allways packed to the gills with tourists, and without a resv, you'll be waiting at least an hour to get a table. It's just not worth it, since Vegas has alot of great Italian places to eat.
i went to bautista's last week...the food was good, the room inviting, the service average...the price was insane...$40 for two spaghetti dinners...and it wasnt even the best spaghetti in town...the food at Jerry's Nugget is the best in town and half as much...
The food is not very good and not a good bargain either. However, the reason why it has such divergent opinions is because it is a fun place with very hokey entertainment that some people like but others hate accordions. They give you all the wine you can drink so it ends up being a fun but blurry memory for many. The wine is not that great, especially the white wine but after a few glasses you may not care.
It is very easy to understand why some love and some hate this place. Food and wine purists judge it by the food and wine. People who want to have fun somewhat or significantly buzzed like the atomosphere.
My personal recommendation is that I would never go back but I did notice others having a good time so I can't completely slam it.
If you are going to go off the strip for Italian -- I still like Nora's and Pasta Mia for god ole itlaian