The next time someone tells you what great pasta some Eye-talian restaurant has, we suggest you dial up this website, show them these pictures, and then ask if what they’re raving about is even in the same league as the noodles put forth every night by B & B Ristorante.
With only a few exceptions: Valentino, Fiamma, NOVE, Sirio…they won’t be.
Our recent meal there (courtesy of our favorite ‘cuz and frequent commenter Troy Polee – not his real name), was fork-dropping-ly stunning, and we ran out of adjectives praising the ways Molto Mario and his crew have with lune, spaghetti, ravioli, and tagliatelle.
What strikes about these creations is their perfect balance. Always fresh, al dente pasta, then a main ingredient (animal or vegetable), accented by one or two seasonings. Simple, elegant, and packed with flavor. Nothing is overdone or overwrought, and the whole always exceeds the sum of its parts.
They’re also beautiful to behold and make great tasty snaps.
The only sour note of the evening was the otherwise excellent steak “Tagliata.” Putting aside for a moment why ELV would order a steak in a pasta restaurant (especially with CUT and Carnevino just down the hall), the cutlery provided with this piece of beef was over-matched in the extreme, and clearly not up to the task at hand.
We were (literally) unable to cut our steak with the kitchen knife provided….and Executive Chef Zach Allen had to sheepishly admit they had nothing sharper in their drawer.
So we returned to the black spaghetti with ‘Nduja (spicy Calabrian sausage) and Sicilian pesto, and the beautiful, house-made cotechino sausage with lentils, and all was forgiven.
B & B RISTORANTE
In the Venetian Hotel and Casino
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109