Balla Italian Soul

If you need an escape from the constant dinging of slot machines, then stop by this Italian restaurant at the recently renovated Sahara Hotel. The best seats are by the enormous, twinkling olive trees near the windows with a view of the Strip—this is where you should start your meal with a spritz or negroni before exploring the mostly Italian wine list.

The burrata served with grilled focaccia is a must, and we’ve had a brussels sprouts salad with pear, squash, and pancetta vinaigrette that could convert any brussels hater. The rigatoni with scampi and bone-in ribeye are solid, but the antipasti are where the ingredients and flavors really shine. Everything on the menu is shareable, making it perfect for double dates or groups who want to linger.

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