B&B Ristorante

Vegas's rustic Italian bistro
VERIFIED LUXURY
Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s restaurant empire has expanded to Las Vegas with a few new ventures. B&B Ristorante (the other “B” stands for his partner, winemaker Joe Bastianich) is a small space where you might bump elbows with your neighbors, but the coziness adds to the jovial atmosphere.

Batali’s menu at this spot is simple, rustic Italian with a gourmet edge. The salumi are a must-try — all are made fresh in house by executive chef Zach Allen or cured in house, with the exception of the prosciutto di San Daniele, which is imported from Italy.

More adventurous options include a light and airy lamb’s brain francobolli. A pasta tasting menu is available for those who can’t decide on which dish to order. The wine list, featuring some Bastianich private label bottles, is rather extensive and completely Italian.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• Celebrity chef Mario Batali personally creates the playlists in his restaurants to help set an atmosphere that differs from those found in competing eateries. Batali favors upbeat rock playlists at B&B Ristorante, which makes for a somewhat atypical (but welcomed) soundtrack to your Italian feast.

• This Las Vegas restaurant offers two different tasting menus: The pasta option takes you through a thematic tour of all things noodle, while the regional tasting menu gives you a snapshot of cuisine typically found in one specific region of Italy.

• Though it might seem limiting, the list at B&B exclusively features Italian wines. This philosophy allows the restaurant to fully explore and focus on the diverse range of vintages produced throughout the country, which means you’ll have the opportunity to savor a number of regional and rare wines you won’t find anywhere else.

• B&B heavily emphasizes the usage of fresh ingredients in its cuisine, so the ever-changing menu is largely dictated by what’s in season.

• Even some of the richest dishes at B&B, such as bone marrow ravioli with osso buco ragu, are surprisingly light. B&B expertly strikes the difficult balance between flavor and richness in its innovative Italian cuisine.
Things to Know
• B&B Ristorante has a business casual dress code; but like many restaurants in Las Vegas, dress codes tend to be lax, so you’ll notice a full range of attire, from off-the-course shorts and polos to men in full suits and women in cocktail dresses.

• B&B Ristorante recommends making reservations, but does not require them to dine.

• If you’re in a hurry to see a show and don’t want to sacrifice a great meal, the pre-theater dinner includes three courses of antipasti, secondi and dolci (dessert) for just $49 per person, with unlimited glasses of the chef’s wine for just an additional $25.
The Food
• B&B grills their octopus to perfection, serving it with fagioli marinate (marinated beans) and a spicy limoncello vinaigrette, making this one of the restaurant’s most loved items.

• The pork belly could easily be overwhelming, given the cut, but the heirloom tomatoes and arugula help make the dish taste surprisingly light and not nearly as heavy as you’d think.

• For a dessert experience that isn’t overly sweet, go for the blueberry lemon thyme crostata. Served with a vanilla bean gelato, this flaky dessert combines sweet berries with tart lemon, balanced by the thyme.

• The housemade gelati flavors vary, though we tried the dark chocolate and strawberry varieties. You won’t be disappointed.
The Drinks
• B&B Ristorante offers an eclectic mix of specialty cocktails that perfectly complement the restaurant’s seasonal Italian cuisine. The bar’s mixologists successfully infuse fresh, seasonal fruits and herbs into their creative concoctions that give the drinks refreshing splashes of flavor.

• A few of our favorites include the Venetian Spritz, which has an appeasing mix of aperol and prosecco with an orange wedge and olive, and the Blood Orange Cosmo, which has a blend of Ketel One Citroen, blood orange juice, Cointreau and lime.

• This Las Vegas restaurant has two sommeliers in the dining room, too, who are happy to recommend wines from the extensive Italian-only wine list, or specialty cocktails that pair nicely with your food order.

• No Italian meal would be complete without a little vino, which is why B&B Ristorante offers wine pairings with its tasting menus for an additional $75 per person for the regular wine pairings, or $115 per person for the “riserva selection” pairings.
Getting There
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
TEL702-266-9977