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Italian & Buffet Recommendations

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by jnohl1231, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. jnohl1231

    jnohl1231 Tourist

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    Going to be in town the last week in September and looking for recommendations for a good Italian place and buffet recommendations...

    Staying at the Excalibur so something on the strip or downtown. Not looking for super high end but good food!

    Thanks for any input!
     
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    charliepeete Low-Roller

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    sun coast salvatorres
     
  3. gadgets19

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    Ate at Il Fornaio in NYNY last trip. Had the prix fixe menu, appetizer, pasta course then main course. Very good meal where the main course was actually my least favorite.
     
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  4. mikesmom

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    I just got home Thursday night from four nights in Las Vegas. We had dinner at Rao's in Caesar's Palace. Rao's was on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. We loved everything about it - food, service, ambiance. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet at Wynn very much and the lunch buffet at Aria was great, too. When we arrived in Vegas on Sunday night, we had the dinner buffet at The Mirage because we were tired from traveling and it was convenient. It was just okay.
     
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    The two Italian places that come to mind, more or less in the area, are Bootleggers, just south of the outlet mall, and Trevi at Caesars.

    Then there's always Battista's! :)
     
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    Since we are not foodies.... we don't go to high-end places. Italian? Not found any that were great in our price range. Buffets? Many good ones to choose from....just check out the prices & decide....Caesars / Wynn / Bellagio can all be very good. There is also the Buffet of Buffets with CET...24 hours of as many trips as you like at any of their buffets....
     
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    There are some great high end Italian places on the Strip, but if you're looking for one that is not as high end, I agree with the Il Forniao recommendation. Plus it is next door to where you are staying. You may also want to try Lago. Its Italian tapas. I wore shorts there last week, so I think you wouldn't feel uncomfortable.

    As for buffets, Wicked Spoon at Cosmo and the Wynn buffet are the only two I would recommend. The other buffets on the Strip range from decent to downright awful
     
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    Bautista's

    (Runs away and hides....)
     
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    Jackpot Johnny Well-Known Member

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    Italian: Sinatra, Spago, Trevi

    Buffets: Aria and Wynn are the best in town now (guidebooks might say Bellagio- avoid it-Bellagio is an overrated has been which used to be good)
     
  10. VegasTravelNews

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    Italian: Battista's Hole in the Wall
    http://battistaslasvegas.com/

    Been there forever. Family run. Not fancy. Good portions. Reasonable prices.

    I know a lot of people laugh, but I love the place. Been there many times.
     
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    I will defend Battista's, to an extent that is. :) I'm not a regular by any means but I've been there several times over the years and never had, and can't remember anyone I've dined with having, a bad meal. If you search on this board (and on line) you will find that a lot of people really dislike it. My hunch is that most of those simply did not get what they were expecting when they went there.

    It's basically a Sicilian red-sauce joint (Good Old Jersey Soul Food) with a few other regular and special dishes thrown in. If you're expecting a "Contemporary Italian" or "Italian Fusion" place like Giada's or something, you will be disappointed I'm sure.

    The one bonus is that for each adult dinner (this is not a place to bring the kiddies, gang!) they include unlimited (or at least I have never found the limit) :) red and white house wine. It's not prime vintage by any means but with the two, you'll have something to pair with about any main dish. You can get somewhat silly on it and it's known as one of the places where you can "bury" alcohol on your expense report. :)

    If you like the basic Italian staples, you'll probably like Battista's. If you want something more "creative" you probably won't.

    Yeah, they have that strolling accordion guy. :) :) The "wow, is he still there?" guy. :) :) :)
     
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    I looked at the menu on line and they advertise "homemade" cappuccino.....That is a change from when they served Nestles....stuff so bad that it is no longer sold retail.

    Curious what the new "homemade" stuff is.


    I don't think you can say why someone else doesn't like the place. My reason is that it is not good---I know old school Italian and I certainly was not looking for or expecting anyhting else when we went there, but I wasn't thrilled with the quality of the food....the sauce isn't even close to homemade, veal is poor quality and I already mentioned the faux cappucino
     
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    For Italian, my favorites are Carbone, Scarpetta, and D.O.C.G.
     
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    I agree I personally wouldn't leave vegas without trying one of these buffets. I like the wynn Has been solid for years. If you want a large variety and different scenes I would go with tot rewards Buffet of buffets 24hr pass. Make sure you start off with dinner you get a better value. I would roll the dice with the first dinner , breakfast at the paris, lunch at Planet Hollywood, dinner at Caesars or Rio it will be an up charge for either (used to always do the rio when it was free). It the up charge doesn't fit your liking I would do Paris dinner. It will allow you to experience many different casinos taste for one price.
     
  15. salukidean

    salukidean Low-Roller

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    For Italian, I would recommend going off the strip to The Tuscany Gardens at The Tuscany Casino. It's a short walk or a cab ride and you'll get an equally great meal at half the price as what you'd pay on the strip.
     
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    I dont know much about Italian recommendations but I can help somewhat by providing you the 'null hypothesis' recommendation, which is Olive Garden.
     
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    Just returned home from a fantastic week in Vegas. Finally had the chance to dine at Trevi in the Forum Shops at Caesars. It was excellent. The Veal Parm was amazing and probably the best I've ever tasted. Service was top notch and the prices were reasonable. I highly recommend this place.
     
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    I've heard great things about old school old Vegas Italian food at Casa Di Amore. They will send a car free to pick you up from the strip. Best Italian on strip is Carbone from the mouth of an Italian food guru. Buddy V's at Venetian is another option and the prices aren't as high as other celebrity chef restaurants on the strip. Buffets Wynn or Cosmo are the only ones I would even consider.
     
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    Casa Di Amore is very good. Reminds me of a Jersey place with a bit more kitsch.
     
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