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Bortolotta or another place for a splurge

OK...so want to do a surprise dinner for hubby. He loves mediterranean (Italian mostly) ingredients that are hard to find, simply prepared and delicious. Would prefer a tasting menu, but we can order different things and share (happens often!).
I was thinking Bortolotta. Anything else jump out at you?

Are there any French brasseries, not cafes or bistro, but a brasserie.

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  1. To not answer your question as best l can, found Bortolotta my most unsuccessful and overpriced meal and liked Bouchon and B & B very much. l posted on Bortolotta before so will not repeat myself.

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    Bouchon
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    1. Are you asking about Bartolotta Ristorante at the Wynn?

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      1. re: scottca075

        Yes, wrong spelling, sorry!
        BArtolotta at the Wynn. I am sure it is not expensive by some people's standards but would be a splurge for us.

      2. My wife and I had a great meal at Bartolotta but it certainly didn't come cheap. I think Sage is better bang for your buck (and much cheaper). I would also highly recommend Milos for simple preparations of mediteranean food.

        1. If you're willing to spend some money, I think Bartolotta sounds like a great choice for you. Scroll down to my response on this topic for my brief take on a recent meal there:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788640

          Let me know if you have any other questions or want some more details and also, since it's for a birthday surprise, I'd highly recommend reserving one of the outdoor cabana tables - they're awesome and very impressive!

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          1. re: Bdav1818

            I did reserve; 9:30pm was the only time working for us.

            I requested a cabana; do you think I should call? I'll read your thread and may be posting back. Thanks for the advice. Their family style menu, is it that much of a deal if we ordered two plates for each course and shared. I am not sure that the dishes they chose would all be ones we would choose.
            We love small plates concept so we may end up choosing a variety of apps, pasta starters and grilled langoustines, etc to share. Hubby will need some protein other than fish, so maybe veal chop for him, whereas I like to try small amounts of many things.

            What do you think?

            1. re: itryalot

              Ok, a few thoughts:

              -I think you definitely should call about reserving a cabana- when we did, they faxed us a contract that asked us to agree to spend a certain $ amount per person (it was something around $130, which is no big deal, bc you can't really eat there right for less than that).

              -Based on the fact that you'd like to try a bunch of different specialties and share, I would recommend doing the middle tasting menu (called Gran Menu di Mare at $155). Our server recommended this to us and she also threw in 2 langoustines for an additional $10, which is a steal. I know you mentioned your husband would want something other than fish, but I really don't think he'll miss it if you do this option- we got an amazing selection of a few salads/starters, 2 pastas, 1 risotto, a whole fish with vegetables, and a few desserts. I personally think the tasting menus are by far, the way to order here- I think you'll get to taste much more of the menu, and I do think that for what you get, it is less expensive than ordering a la carte.

              -They show you all the whole fish in a case when you first sit down- it's very impressive- pretty much ALL stuff that you would not be able to get anywhere else in the US. All of their fish is line-caught in the waters off of Italy and flown in 4-6 times per week.

              Let me know if you have other questions, and I'd also love to hear what you end up doing and how you like it. Enjoy!

              1. re: Bdav1818

                OK; will definitely take you up on your advice. I will give them a call.

          2. Bartolotta LOOKS great.

            Bartolotta TASTES mediocre . . . well, no -- OK -- it was better than "mediocre," but my experience echoes the first post: it was "my most unsuccessful and overpriced meal," too!

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            1. re: zin1953

              I agree that Bartolotta looks better than it tastes, but the food is good enough that I like the overall experience. It wouldn't be my go to Italian place in Vegas, but it is a nice experience.

              1. re: scottca075

                Any other place you'd recommend; I am open to suggestions. Interesting and hard to find ingredients preferred.

                1. re: itryalot

                  If you haven't been there, I would suggest Picasso at Bellagio. I say "if you haven't been there" because its tasting menu changes only slightly, but is really quite good nonetheless.

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                  Bellagio
                  3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

                  1. re: Friend of Bill

                    OK; will check it out online and consider it! Love the Bellagio.

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                    Bellagio
                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

                    1. re: itryalot

                      I love the Bellagio too. My favorite restaurant at the Bellagio is Le Cirque. I had a very underwhelming dinner at Picasso.