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Looking for an off-strip locals, but excellent, restaurant in Las Vegas

Food Scrounger Jul 8, 2008 02:26 PM

We've been to Las Vegas a zillion times over the years and have always chosen Strip, big-name restaurants, without venturing into non-tourist RestaurantLand.

We're interested in knowing whether there is a local Italian restaurant that is worth a visit.

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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    luniz Jul 8, 2008 03:44 PM

    just because it's in a casino doesn't mean it's a crummy tourist trap. I shared a pretty nice meal at the bistro in the Venetian, it was better than I expected. Pizza was nice and crispy, pasta fresh, etc.

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      MesaChow Jul 8, 2008 04:13 PM

      The Pasta Shop. Fresh homemade pastas, local ambiance, charming staff.

      Pasta Shop & Ristorante
      2495 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121

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      1. re: MesaChow
        wagger Jul 8, 2008 08:25 PM

        I was just about to recommend the Pasta Shop, too! Been going for years and never disappointed.

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        vegasjlt Jul 8, 2008 07:50 PM

        Ferraro's 5900 West Flamingo

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        1. re: vegasjlt
          jackattack Apr 13, 2011 11:17 AM

          Another vote for Ferraro's

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          Dave Feldman Jul 8, 2008 11:53 PM

          For the Pasta Shop fans: what dishes are your favorites?

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          1. re: Dave Feldman
            westie Jul 9, 2008 03:15 AM

            My favorite local restaurant is Todd's Unique - do a search as there have been several posts.

            1. re: Dave Feldman
              MesaChow Jul 9, 2008 06:21 PM

              I love the Shrimp Fra Diavlo from the dinner menu. I've also enjoyed evening specials, although my memory is failing me now. Things also taste better when you're having a great time in a fun environment. Every time we've been there, there are always many 'regulars' (one time even a wedding dinner!) and a jovial atmosphere.

              1. re: Dave Feldman
                lorridav Nov 17, 2009 01:45 PM

                Chicken Davida, Ravioli, Chef had an artichoke appetizer that was out of this world. Everything is good. He sells his homemade pasta up and down the Strip.

                1. re: lorridav
                  Sal Sagev26 Nov 15, 2010 03:41 PM

                  Agreed, chicken Davida is amazing; as is the shrimp/saffron squid ink pasta dish. And FYI, after 21 years at Trop/Eastern, the Alenik boys have moved the Pasta Shop to Henderson on Horizon Ridge near Carnegie. Same amazing food, in a nicer space.

                  1. re: Sal Sagev26
                    Dave Feldman Nov 15, 2010 06:50 PM

                    Thanks -- this is great news, which I've heard nothing about.

              2. Honeyman Jul 15, 2008 09:20 AM

                Pampalmousse on Sahara (I think) was excellent the last time I was there, but that was a couple years ago.

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                  jjo1953 Jul 15, 2008 11:02 AM

                  There's a great steakhouse in Henderson simply called Steak at 76 W. Horizon Ridge...www.steaklasvegas.com...

                  Great food, great prices, and they have a wine store where you can buy amazing wine for dinner with a $10 corkage...can't beat that.

                  1. GroovinGourmet Nov 19, 2010 07:35 AM

                    I would never visit LV without a visit to Rosemary's. Best fine dining value in town...

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                      mstarb25 Apr 11, 2011 06:51 AM

                      I went to Rosemary's based on GroovinGourmet's simple comment and I was very pleased. It was a nice change from the strip. Great service, food was delicious. All bottles of wine were half price on Sunday night.

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