Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Jerry Snuggit, Jan 8, 2019.
LOL... I still cheerfully, willfully and actively participate!
Ya know, I think I see a parallel (but in the opposite direction) between those who b*tch about Battista's and those who b*tch about Eataly. I think in both cases, those who don't get what they are expecting are disappointed.
At Battista's, those who are expecting contemporary Italian (or fusion) are disappointed. At Eataly, those who are expecting "Good old mom-n-pop red sauce soul food" are disappointed.
I do tend to agree on the pricing and the food court ambiance. (LOL, Sbarro?)
Battista's just s*cks. And it has nothing to do with mom/pop red sauce/Italian-American. We do that all the time here. Battista's just s*cks. We had fun checking out Eataly in NYC but it wasn't a life-altering experience and a trip there certainly would not be compromised if it wasn't on the list.
If it's anything like the one here in LA, it's not singularly cafeteria or food court style in the way y'all are portraying it as. They have counter food but they also have restaurants and bars interspersed throughout.
I'd say Block 16 Urban Food Hall at Cosmo is more akin to an updated food court concept.
I'm curious to see how the market aspect of Eataly works out in Vegas as the vast majority of hotel guests won't have access to a kitchen and Iocals won't go out of their way to head down to the strip. Though, as an occasional visitor I am glad that another more interesting 24-hour dining option exists.
For me, pasta is pasta. I do not care what kind of fancy Italian name you put on it. I could never go out to eat pasta and I could never pay the Vegas high price for pasta. I am not a pasta snob. it simply is not that important to me. To each his own.
I definitely want to see more restaurant reviews from Tuggy.
So Battista's sucks to.
Kids in Vegas; Battista's; Two topics guaranteed to get you some likes and agrees, and also some hate mail and accusations of being an idiot or something worse.
I finally ate at Battista's on Dec. 5. I never have to do that again.
Eataly wasn't open yet, but we did walk by it since we were making a cameo on the strip.... something we did a couple of times, as it turns out. I'm all for paying for the privilege of eating on the strip,but I choose not to if at all possible, which is usually always. Hard pass on Eataly.
I love the two Eataly locations in Manhattan, at Madison Park and at World Trade Center, overpriced tourist traps most people love; they are supermarkets of products from the different regions of Italy that have many restaurants scattered throughout: steak places, vegetarian places, seafood places, pasta places, some formal, some informal, and some just stands. It is nice to have dozens and dozens of different olive oils to choose from, etc., but who goes grocery shopping in Vegas? Maybe the people living at the condos, or visitors for many days with kitchens. At the Madison Park Eataly I once found marrons glacés, something I have never come across in Las Vegas, not even at Paris (if anyone reading this has seen them on the Strip, please post). In the WTC Eataly they have a circular bar where you can sample different Italian wines by the glass. It would be fun if they had that in the Strip Eataly with the addition of a Nevada touch, VP machines.
Half of Eataly won't exist in a year and it sure as heck won't be 24/7
I'm not entirely sure who or what market they were going for here because no local is going to drive there, pay for parking and pay for overpriced pasta.
Places like Eataly is the new Vegas. I like the old Vegas.
But it's not up to me or others like me. And if we are around that area next month we'll drop in and see what it's like.
Electroguy is spot on. We have a daily dose here of this-new-thing-won't-work and while that often is the case with specific entities, the "new" formula of Vegas that spawns all this stuff has been around for a very long time and it's not going away.
If I'm in the neighborhood, I'll check it out. I won't go out of my way for it, though. For that matter, it would be rare for me to go out of my way for any restaurant.
Full disclosure I'm an Italian Wine Professional and I throughly enjoyed EATALY albeit the one in Chicago and cannot speak for the one in Vegas. This is where I think most people are going wrong with their mindset when visiting EATALY, you cannot go in and expect to see "Traditional Americanized" Italian dishes/ products... the concept in my perspective is that they are bringing the "real" Italy to customers in the form of EATALY, Italy from North, Central, South, and the Islands are extremely diverse cultures and they are bringing that diversification/cultures to their stores in the form of dining, food, and products.
And that explains your screen name! Welcome aboard. GLAD to have you here.
I also was thinking the same way. I'm sure the place will be filled with visitors because of the new and interesting concept.
But throngs of people looking and browsing will not pay the rent. This is specific to the Vegas location because I know if there was an Eataly where I live I would buy something.
I like trying "authentic" foods and we all know that can be hard to do in the good ole USA.
I really like Eataly. No, it apparently doesn’t appeal to the “value crowd” on this site, but it doesn’t have to. They will do just fine in LV selling wine to the browsers. I would think stuff like prosciutto, cheese, and pizza slices will fly off the shelf too.
Spot on. Yes, I am with you a hundred percent. I have been many times to Eataly in NY, both on 23rd St and on WTC and every time it is different. They are not inexpensive, but they have delicious pasta, among other things. It is not just pasta, but pasta with clams, or pasta with sea urchin, or pasta with truffles, it is a variety of things that you don't find easily anywhere else. I would love in Vegas to play VP with a glass of Brunello di Montalcino, and I would really love it if it were comped on my VP play.
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