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

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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  1. 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.

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

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

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      1. re: MesaChow

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

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

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

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

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              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

                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

                  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

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

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