A staple of Las Vegas Italian restaurants for more than 20 years, this cozy bistro, Battista's Hole In The Wall, has served the famous Sinatra himself ... More
Battista's Hole in the Wall
A staple of Las Vegas Italian restaurants for more than 20 years, this cozy bistro, Battista's Hole In The Wall, has served the famous Sinatra himself and the not-so-famous. All entrees include unlimited red or white house wine, and usually you will find live accordion music and singing for your entertainment. It is located just a block east of the Strip. Featured entrees include pastas, veal, chicken and pizza. A nice wine and beer selection is offered with an excellent house vino .
ok....i'm reading a lot of bad reviews, but i must say i disagree. When I went it was an hour after opening time, there were hardly any people there at all! I liked the red and white wine at the table, and the salads were delicious. The entertainment was kind of fuuny, he sang our state football song, and we tipped him one dollar and that was sufficient! one dollar, get over it! I got the manicotti , which I loved. But for eating pretty decent italian the price was great! It was much better than paying over 50 bucks per person in a nice casino. For 3 of us, our bill was 80. I was more than satisfied. They do offer other wines and drinks, but the house wine with the meal wasn't bad at all for being included and all you can drink. I would definately suggest it to people and will again upon my return to vegas!
Just returned from Vegas last week...had to have dinner at Battista's!...it was my 9 or 10th time....I love this place....while it may not be considered fine dining or gourmet the food is very good, bottomless wine (and I like both the red and white and get both), fantastic garlic bread and house salad is fresh and green.....the cappacino does sort of remind me of a cross between coffee and hot chocolate but it's very good....The ambiance is great and Gordy on the accoridian is quite the character (and he's there because he wants to be there)....ignore the critical reviews and food snobs--there is no pleasing this group of people....
I have had the culinary pleasure of dining on fine Italian cuisine in Italy, New York City to name a few..but Battista's Hole in the Wall is anything but fine dining! The Hole in the Wall says it all! The tables were crowded. The soup which I was told was home made must have come from a can, and if it didn't than shame on the chef. The sauce on the pasta tasted straight from a can not even a jar, and not even a good brand I might add! My 14 year old son makes a sauce that would no doubt make him the head chef in this place. The cheese was dry and tasteless, and the veal parm I ordered looked to me to be a veal patty ground up, pounded and shaped like a burger at best, discolored hamburger at worst. My husband took 1 bite of his Manicotti and send it packing! They do know how to cook the pastas al dente though. Having said that if you don't have a decent sauce to put on it what good are they? It was served with helping of what we think was spinach. The expresso I'm told tasted more like hot chocolate with a pinch of coffee in it. We missed out on the entertainment since the poor man for over 25 years gets only 1 night off a week (lucky guy gets at least 1 good meal a week!) The house wines though were pleasant enough. Of course had we known what we were in for, we would have drank both the white and red to the bottom of the bottles! The only food item worth eating was their garlic bread. The one thing I really did like about the place though, was the atmosphere from the past. All those pictures of stars (most signed) from years gone by, 40's, 50's, 60's including the Rat Pack, John Wayne, & even Tom Cruise (the latest I could find were from the 80's, correct me if you found some newer ones) was enjoyable to experience. But I'll bet these stars like the orginal owner would no doubt turn over in their graves if they knew what they are serving here and calling it fine Italian dining! There are hundreds of restaurants in Las Vegas.. do your self a favor and check one of those out. If you still insist on a visit you may want to see the history with the pictures for the next 20 years (that's how long their lease has left!). I suggest getting a nice glass of wine sit with some friends at the bar, or wander around the pictures and than leave when it comes time to eat!