Mario Batali, one of the original Food Network alums on the Strip, has an exorbitantly priced steakhouse as well as a wine bar and burger joint in town, but this is our favorite of the bunch. It isn’t your red-sauce-Italian kind of place. Here you’ll eat the kind of food you’d eat at someone’s house in Rome. At B&B, less is more, with many dishes having five ingredients or fewer. Batali’s home-style, rustic menu is heavy on hand-made pastas, like the long strands of chitarra with cherry tomatoes, cured fish roe and breadcrumbs, and bucatini all’Amatriciana tossed with guanciale, hot peppers, and pecorino. There’s a bit of offal as well, as in the tripe served Roman-style, and lamb’s tongue with chanterelle mushrooms. The restaurant is also the base for his Las Vegas charcuterie program, where antipasto standards like prosciutto, coppa, and soppresatta are cured in-house.
- Grace Bascos