I need an excellent Italian restaurant idea for lunch. Downtown or upper/middle strip. We may not make it there, but I don't have an Italian option on my list. We adore good food and I don't want to squander my few Vegas days on mediocre restaurants.....but it has to be lunch because that fits our schedule and Ace resists my efforts to get him into evening-finer-dining-attire (Ace don't play those sartorial games.) Hey, wanna critique my luncheon list? Sunday arrival day: Pizza Rock. Non-negotiable, I am a pizza fanatic and want to eat at an award-winning pizza place. Monday: the only day we might be up and around for breakfast, so Eat downtown, my #1 choice, or DuPars 2nd choice downtown. If we have a big/excellent breakfast, we won't be eating lunch. Tuesday: Ace's choice of "independent gourmet-ish" - Carson Kitchen downtown; or seafood - Joe's Steaks and Stone Crabs Caesars Forum Shoppes; or fried chicken/southern - Yardbird Palazzo/Venetian; or Italian _________?. (Tuesday we won't make it south of Caesars, Wednesday we will make it at least as far as the Bellagio.) Wednesday: Ace's choice of something from Tuesday's list that we didn't go to. So (casual but excellent) Italian around the Caesars/Bellagio/Cromwell corner (and as far as the Cosmo) is in play. Thursday: not finer dining I know, but haven't fed the man a buffet yet so thinking MSS buffet (we're staying there) before heading to airport. The dining room photos look beautiful. Nights will be drunchies wherever, hopefully at MSS/Cal 'cause I plan on those meals ending up comped. So. Italian suggestions? And what do you think of my dining plans?