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Italian Food on or near the Strip Plus

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I'm heading there in early December (Yeah, I know it's gonna be a whilef but I'm a planner) and wanted to find some great but not prohibitively priced Italian. Already went to Mario Batali's place at the Palzzo (sp?). Also went to Craft House and loved it.

Any ideas? Also, what's a good place for breakfast that's not a buffet. A girl needs to know!

Finally, is there a great Spanish Tapas place? I come from Phila and adore Amada (Jose Garces place--he beat Flay on Iron Chef) so that's the kind of quality I'm looking for.

Thx, all for your help!

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  1. If you want to try someplace different, not with the celebrity draw, but delicious, authentic yet adventurous Italian you should try Ago at Hard Rock. New chef there, and he is awesome. I am not sure of your budget, but I would think it is along the lines of a Batali restaurant in terms of price.

    Breakfast-- for something easy and quick try the crepes at the Bellagio Jean Philippe Patisserie. Quick, easy, cheaper, or if you want to go all out have brunch at Bouchon at the Venetian. They have the best quiche ever, and it is not too expensive-- like $13?

    As for Tapas, all the locals rave about Firefly (http://www.fireflylv.com/). I am a local, but I have not tried it yet.

    1. I can't comment on price, as I don't know what you mean by prohibitively priced.

      If you liked Carnevino (Batali's restaurant at the Palazzo), Batali also has two places at the Venetian. Enoteca San Marco is a simple place; I thought its antipasti and gelato were good, but it's not what I'd call a great restaurant. B&B is a much more formal place. I've had two excellent meals there, but some people I know and trust have been less than happy with the food. Perhaps it's that I mostly ordered organ meat and such, which seems to be a specialty of sorts.

      For breakfast, Bouchon (Venetian) is always my recommendation - simple food prepared very well. Tableau (Wynn) is another excellent choice. At the opposite end of the Strip, The Verandah (Four Seasons) is very good.