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Best Italian American On The Strip?

My wife and I are returning to Las Vegas in August to celebrate her birthday.

She has specifically requested an Italian American dinner for her celebratory meal. She told me she wants classic a classic red sauced feast. You know, chicken parmigiana, Alfredo, garlic bread, etc.

So chowhounds, can you help us out?

I am looking for recommendations for a great meal of this type on or nearby the strip. I'm not too concerned about price.


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  1. The Bootlegger on S Las Vegas Blvd (really south, past the airport) is excellent, open 24/7 and if you go on the right night, great entertainment. (if you like that)
    They have awesome garlic knots!

    They are in the Outlet Mall, south of the airport

    1. For this type of meal we would strongly suggest taking a look at Rao's at Caesar's Palace. A lot of the kind of dishes that you are looking for, and also an ambience that fits the occasion.

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      1. re: QAW

        I love the idea of Rao's. We own a copy of the Rao's cook book and love it.

        Do you have any idea what the average meal for two would cost without booze? Price isn't really an issue considering the occasion but I'm a bit curious.

        Thank you!

        1. re: PerryDog512

          Unfortunately it will be "Strip" prices - the pastas in the $18-25 range, and the meat/seafood entrees $25-40. But their portion sizes are larger than most Strip venues with comparable price points.

      2. This is in the downtown area but the Grotto Restaurant in the Golden Nugget hotel is good. Prices are very reasonable.

        1. I went to Rao's in December looking for the exact same kind of meal and was very disappointed. Found it highly over-rated. We ordered the veal parm (the best part of the meal), caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs and some fried seafood app. The meatballs, which they're famous for, were not of a consistency I enjoyed--a bit grainy.

          We were sorry we didn't take the concierge's recommendation of some place right by the Flamingo (sorry; don't remember the name).

          Whatever you decide, hope you have a great meal and happy bday to your wife!

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          1. re: Misha

            The concierge likely recommended Battistas Hole in the Wall. It's an Audrie, one block east of the Strip, on the corner of Flamingo, behind Bill's.


            Carluccio's is also a exactly what your looking for, as is Bootlegger Bistro. Bootlegger has the nicest atmosphere and a bit higher prices, but not outrageously so.

            Battista's Hole In the Wall
            4041 Audrie St, Las Vegas, NV 89109

            1. re: Misha

              Really? I tried Rao's earlier this year, and I was quite impressed. Well, perhaps I had a different experience because I was focusing on the meatless dishes. I loved the eggplant parm, and I later went back for lunch and enjoyed their pizzas. All in all, I enjoyed Rao's much more than Battista's... Battista's isn't bad, but I wasn't wowed by anything I tried there.

            2. How close are you looking to stay to the strip? There's one that I went to the last time I was up there and had a grand old time: Carluccio's, two and a half miles east of the Strip on Tropicana. It's one of the few slices of old-school Las Vegas around anymore. The food is straight from a red sauce time warp, and the decor was designed by none other than Liberace. If you go, be sure to at least peek your head in to the piano bar, it's quite the sight. They have the menu on their website if you'd like to take a look, www.carlucciosvegas.com.

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              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                bootlegger bistro all the way. cool black and white photos of classic entertainers, great show on saturday nights. prices tough to beat.

                1. re: mcegielski

                  Take a look @ Nove in The Palms. The menu is comprised of traditional old school items such as Chicken Parmesean, Calamari w/ banana pepers, Sunday gravy (bracciola, sausage and meatballs) rigatoni bolognese.....many grilled seafood items (octopus, branzino,) ...w/ a modern feel.
                  The setting is beautiful...51st floor overlooking the strip. Last night was my first visit. I was pleasantly suprised. It was a gorgeous setting to watch the sun setr over the Vegas strip!
                  We finished our meal w/ an order of make your own cannoli's! How fun...we stuffed the shells w/ ricitta then dipped in sauces, chocolate chips, toffee chips, pistachios.....
                  Service was top notch making it for a memorable evening.

                  1. re: ciaogal

                    +1 on Nove Italiano. My wife and I had a great time there a few years back when they first opened. The food was great, service was excellent and the view is beautiful overlooking the strip. The meal was expensive, but when all is said and done and you have a great time, it's all worth it.

                    Nove Italiano
                    4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103

                    1. re: ciaogal

                      Please forgive the question: what year was few years ago?

                2. OK, I have to concur with the recs for Rao's, Nove, and Grotto. They're all super-strong and very comforting. Rao's is very old-school, Nove is a little on the hipper side, and Grotto is one of those "Downtown Hidden Gems". But whichever of these you choose, you'll find that perfect red sauced feast that the wife should enjoy.

                  3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                  Nove Italiano
                  4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103

                  129 E. Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101