Red Booth Italian Reccomendation?
I know Vegas is full of outstanding refined Italian places... but I'm going to be there with a large group, and am looking for someplace that will serve classic "red sauce / red booth" Italian food. Capo's is the only place I've been able to identify... are there better/cooler places that we should try?
Haven't been to any of these but have been meaning to check them out....you might want to look at reviews for Chicago Joe's, Casa D'Amore, Bootlegger Bistro and even Pasta Pirate downtown in the California Hotel.
Also, there's Maggianos (chain spot, I think in the Fashion Show Mall?)...they do a good job with groups, private rooms. Canaletto in the Venetian, part of the Il Fornaio chain, also does a nice job with groups including nice balcony booths overlooking the "canals" for groups of 8 and 10.
Bootlegger Bistro is a good choice. Also worth a look (at least when I went a couple years ago, can't see it changing much any time soon) is Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens. I just found out they moved from the Liberace-designed digs they inhabited for 20-some years, have yet to get word if the food and decor survived the move. I hope so, especially the unforgettable piano bar. The menu is a straightforward time warp of red-sauce Italian; nothing life-changing, but certainly nostalgic.
There no such thing as a mom and pop Italian restaurant anywhere in the valley. Don't bother wasting your time or your money.
The closest is Olive Garden and do you really want to waste your vacation there?