2400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102-4312
This place is right next to the strip. Well, actually its about 5-10 minutes from the strip depending on traffic. It is in the Nevada Financial parking lot on the north side of Sahara Avenue. The place looks just like any other Macaroni Grill. You see, they are a chain of restaurants. They are owned by Brinker International, the same organization that is responsible for Chili’s.
Two friends actually disagreed about this place. One loved it and the other did not. Now if you know the two, it would not surprise you. However, they both have somewhat discerning tastes as food go, so my wife and I
thought we would try the place. After suggesting our normal Italian eating establishment of New York Pizza and Pasta, my wife suggested this place. WOW!
This was unique. As you drive up, we found a place right close to the entrance. The menu is outside of the
door, clearly lit so everyone can have a chance to view it before entering the place. Also, it gives something to read when you are waiting for a table. We went at 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night, perfect time as we were seated the place started to fill up.
As we entered the place on either side of the ramp, there were open meat cases. The cases you see at the
meat and seafood area in the grocery store filled with steaks, seafood, garlic and other assorted products.
Bottles of wine are placed in racks on the side of the walls. There is a running strip of hard wood down the
center and 4 person hard wood tables on either side. In the middle of the runner area is a table that is covered with ice bowls, utensils stations, glasses. Towards the front of this place is a huge open kitchen and its a functional one. Real chefs in it.
We were immediately seated and the waitress Elisa who sounded Italian. However, you can never tell if its real or not as there are amazing dialect coaches in this world. Anyway, there was a piece of butchers block paper on the table and she wrote her name in crayon on it. Aleatha, our daughter thought that was the neatest thing as it was then ok to write on the tablecloth with a crayon. Every child’s dream right? We were served our beverages (bottomless) and Focaccia Herbed bread and Extra Virgin Olive oil with cracked black pepper for dipping.
For the appetizer we ordered this grilled pizza pita thing. It had herbed cream cheese, grilled chicken, tomato, onions and herbs. There was a green dip and a balsamic vinaigrette to dip it in. Oh, my. FLAVORGASIM
ultimo! We loved it.
Cindy and I both got the Garden della Casa (house garden salad). It was excellent, with an Italian vinaigrette that just covered the leaves.
Cindy ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo con Pollo, I ordered the Spaghettini Bolognese and Aleatha ordered
Macaroni and Cheese. These were excellent dishes. Hand’s down, they were large portions and robust with
flavor of garlic, tomato and the noodles were superb.
Dinner ran $35.02 for everything.