Originally Posted by chuimartinez
Hi, what's the best Italian place in Vegas right now? I'll be honest I'll happily take down a pizza but think the other guys are keen for some meaty Italian!
Sounds like you want Italian American, am I right? If so Rao's is the best bet on the strip, or Bratalia off the strip at this time. The chef at Bratalia is the former chef at Raos, her food is better at Bratalia IMHO because she doesn't have to cater to Rao's NYC menu anymore (Rao's in NYC isnt good, the Vegas license is much better, NYC is more of a social club than a restaurant).
If you want to expand your options to authentic Italian from the mainland (which tends to be less hearty, unless you get a big meat dish) I'd check out DOCG at Cosmo or Otto at Venetian for something more affordable and approachable, or BnB at Venetian for a sick baller meal that the foodies will love, but will leave the non-foodies puzzled why there is no spaghetti and meatballs on the menu - its pretty exotic for some tastes.
The last recommended option is Scarpetta at Cosmo - I am not a fan of this place because of it's price to performance ratio when compared to BnB, but if you want the Italian American basics done in a nouveau fashion then this is the place - its as expensive as BnB which is a shame, but if your crew wants something more approachable then this is the best bet for a baller Italian meal. Scarpetta also owns DOCG, I like DOCG much better.