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Italian version of Mon Ami Gabi?

alpine chef Sep 7, 2012 01:43 AM

I do an annual trip with a group of about 10 and we have come to enjoy the food, atmosphere, view and value of Mon Ami Gabi. Do you guys and gals know of an Italian equivalent? Also, our dress is fairly casual and we dine anywhere from 9 to 11p.

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    LVI RE: alpine chef Sep 7, 2012 04:20 AM

    Easy. Maggiano's Little Italy. They are both Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. No View but everything else fits. Possibly Circo over in Bellagio although that will fall into the more expensive category.

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      Eric RE: LVI Sep 7, 2012 07:15 AM

      Lettuce Entertain You is a consultant to Maggiano's. Maggiano's is owned and operated by Brinker International per the Lettuce Entertain You website.

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        LVI RE: Eric Sep 7, 2012 12:16 PM

        I'm sure it is. Lived in Chicago for 15 years and to me they will always be LEY (like when you bring up the website) restaurants. Only thing I was trying to convey is that that are both Lettuce Entertain You restaurants so the theme should be similar. MAG is French, Maggiano's Little Italy (the real name) is Italian. And both are decent restaurants. MAG has the view which gives it a foot up. Quality-wise, the same.

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        rasputina RE: LVI Sep 10, 2012 08:37 PM

        Maggiano's has seriously gone down hill over the last couple years though.

      3. alpine chef RE: alpine chef Sep 7, 2012 12:17 PM

        i know it's a chain and off of the strip, but any thoughts on ferraro's?

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          LVI RE: alpine chef Sep 7, 2012 01:16 PM

          A chain in that it is a local chain? I had my bachlor party dinner there eons ago (Steve and Eydie were there sitting at the bar) and have been back a couple of times. It is very good. Is it memorable? No. Does it push the envelope? No. But it is very good food, some things being excellent. There are also Restaurant.com coupons that make it very worth traveling for.

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            alpine chef RE: LVI Sep 7, 2012 01:24 PM

            excuse me. a friend had told me that there were more of them spread throughout southern california.

            edit: thank you for the info. now starting to look at fiamma at mgm. some of these happy hours and late menus seriously reduce the costs= more $$ for food or wine elsewhere!

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              LVI RE: alpine chef Sep 7, 2012 02:10 PM

              No worries. I know they opened another one in years past but I thought it had closed. FWIW, I would choose Ferraro's over Fiamma.

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                alpine chef RE: LVI Sep 7, 2012 02:15 PM

                Excellent. I am liking the different size pours they offer

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          Dave Feldman RE: alpine chef Sep 7, 2012 03:24 PM

          Are you willing to go off-strip? http://www.parmabychefmarc.com/menus....

          Nora's Cuisine is another idea, especially if your group is wine-oriented.

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            LVI RE: Dave Feldman Sep 8, 2012 06:32 AM

            Dave, I was looking at Parma yesterday for a possibility for our trip next weekend. I have made a reservation at Scarpetta (I have been but the others in my group have not). Is Parma on par w/Scarpetta?

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              Dave Feldman RE: LVI Sep 11, 2012 05:59 AM

              Sorry, I just saw your reply. I haven't been to Parma, myself, but have some friends who live in the Summerlin area who rarely go to the Strip and consider Parma a great alternative for Italian.

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                QAW RE: Dave Feldman Sep 11, 2012 06:52 AM

                It is also worth noting that on Wednesday nights, the Pizza Oven is in play at Parma. They can rival Settebello and Due Forni, and because it is only one night per week, the quality control is extremely high.

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