Battista’s

Okay, okay, so it’s definitely not a locals hang out, but we chose this Las Vegas institution to be our “Welcome Home” dinner for many reasons–Number one: Free Wine.

Battista’s Hole in the Wall is an Italian powerhouse with all the usual suspects: Meatballs, chicken parm, eggplant parm, steaks, fettuccine, mussels, veal….you name it [and it’s Italian] and they probably have it.  You meal starts off with some of the best garlic bread this side of Naples, followed up with your choice of minestrone soup or an Italian house salad, paired with two carafes of wine, both white and red.  That’s right ladies, two carafes.

The food here is consistently great, probably because they serve thousands a day (Pro Tip: Make a reservation on Open Table for fast seating) and the atmosphere is second to none.  If you like feeling like you are dining in your Grandma’s kitchen, this segmented, room-based restaurant will make you feel right at home.  The walls are lined with old-time Vegas photos and other trinkets that will keep your eyes occupied while you wait for your courses to arrive.

There is also a full bar where you can drink before or after dinner, but be sure to get your complimentary cappuccino before leaving your table.  This Battista’s staple is more like hot chocolate than coffee, topped with a generous heap of whipped cream, and if you are anything like us it is probably a great mini-dessert, perfectly sized since you just ate your weight in pasta.  Of course, if you still have room, there are desserts at the ready–Tiramasu and Italian Cheesecake top the list.

Battista’s is located just behind the Flamingo, on the corner of Linq Lane and Flamingo Road with Bar Hours of 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. and Dining Room Hours of 5:00 – 10:30 p.m.  If you are lucky you might get to listen to the famous Gordy, rambling around the restaurant, serenading diners on his Continental accordion.   Mangia, Denizens!

**Photo Credit: lasagna close up, Las Vegas Weekly

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