— Originally posted on Yelp on 7/29/10 —

This is the third Mario Batali restaurant I’ve tried in Vegas, and while I enjoyed my meal, it’s clearly the less expensive (and inferior) of his Vegas outposts. We were seated “outside” and I was amazed by how many groups of tourists (I’m talking about organized groups of 10+) were being herded in and stopping to take pictures of a fake sky.

Service was incredibly slow. Breadsticks are pre-packaged in a red and white plastic bag and were quickly dropped off at the table. It’s really quite funny that they would serve that. I would expect that from a place like Olive Garden, but not here.

Here’s what we ordered:
– Caprese salad: just ok, but the pesto was tasty.
– Pancetta and goat cheese pizza: good pizza. You can’t go wrong w/ pancetta, goat cheese and carmelized onions.
– Grilled hanger steak: decent cut of beef and a good-sized portion of food.
– Braised pork shoulder: good flavors, nice combo of the pork and cucumbers, but the pork was a little on the fatty side.

With the “outside” seating, street performers, people watching and the high noise level, it makes for a kid-friendly place to eat on the strip.

3 Stars

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 677-3390