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Old 03-20-2006, 03:03 PM   #11
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For the best hotel Italian dining in Vegas there's only place to go: The Bellagio
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Old 03-20-2006, 06:24 PM   #12
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As far as Italian goes Im betting the little mom and pop restaurants that have been around for years hafto be the best bet for consistantly good food.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:07 AM   #13
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I agree with you jpm-something about the "little guys" trying harder- and homemade always beats out trying to impress me with something "fancy"
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:47 AM   #14
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I have to agree that the little "mom and pop" restaurants seemingly always have better food than the "fancy" places. My husband and I had an experience once where we went to what was supposed to be a very nice place in Princeton for dinner on an anniversary date and the food was a huge disappointment and, even going back about 30 yrs., our bill was close to $100 w/tip. UGH. When we still lived in NJ, there was a little unpretentious, but nice, Italian restaurant in a small strip shopping center in Mt. Holly that was just great. Everything was definitely homemade and portions generous. Our daughter and son-in-law would always give us gift cards on our anniversary dates for this restaurant and we never got bored or too much of the "good things" they had to offer. We definitely miss dinners there since having moved to DE.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:08 AM   #15
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sorry to hear about it z.
a "c" note should have gotten you a better meal. better luck next time i guess.

cioppino is a tricky dish to make well. i used to have a recipe that stressed the importance of the timing of adding the fishes, and how long to let each simmer. if you go too long, as it sounded the restaurant did, you get fairly tasty rubber.

i made it once really well by strictly following the timing. another time was rubber, because i didn't pay attention. i have to see if i can find that recipe again. it was just a clipping from a newspaper.
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:09 AM   #16
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We used to go to St. Louis for the weekend occasionally, and one can get the best of Italian food on "The Hill". Of all the wonderful Italian restaurants there, Tony's is our favorite. They have excellent service, and really good food. It is pricey, but you'll find it money well spent. If you are ever in St. Louis, check it out.
The restaurants are all closed on Sunday though.
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