So, last week my sister and I went to Vegas. I kind of wanted to try Picasso, but she is a bit picky, and her two favorite foods involve Italian and seafood... so we ended up at Bartolotta.
We went on a Monday night and did not have reservations. The entire restaurant was extremely empty when we got there, and we were seated after a little bit of a wait. To be honest, the girl was kind of snooty. Whatever.
When we walked into the place, it was beautiful. The ambience is lovely. We were seated upstairs. I would suggest trying to get a seat downstairs... it was dark, so what was beyond the huge window in the restaurant was difficult to see, but I can only imagine it was amazing.
Our server was nice. She brought over the menus, but I did have to ask specifically for the Taste of Wynn menu. I did not detect any difference in her demeanor when I asked for it... still just as friendly. It took a while to figure out what to order. I have issues with committing to an entire entree, and prefer a tasting menu. Alas, too expensive for me at this point. The regular tasting menus started at $135/person and went up from there. The Taste of Wynn menu looked to be a good value (my sister ended up ordering from that, more on that in a bit), but the desserts on it were not particularly appealing to me. I decided ordering several appetizers for myself... Our server described the appetizers as being very small, but they were not. I ordered 3 of them (she made them sound REALLY small)... definitely should have gone with 2. Ah, well...
I didn't write down what I ordered, and I am looking at the menu online, and am not seeing all of it there!! So weird... but one dish was some sort of firm white fish in an anchovy sauce with arugula... the fish was lovely, cooked perfectly and fresh, but was SO salty. Even paired with the tiniest amount of the anchovy sauce was incredibly salty. I still finished it all. I also had the 'lasagnette con ragu di crostacei- “rags” of pasta, lobster, shrimp, langoustines, crab, white wine, tomato.' It was okay. Nothing exciting. Rather bland, even with the amount of seafood in it. I did not finish this dish, definitely my least favorite. The last appetizer I order was some sort of tortellini filled with a white fish, and it was served with clams. I don't see it on the menu online, but it was AMAZING. The tortellini was probably the tastiest I have had in a long time. Delicious. I'm sorry I can't remember the name.
My sister ordered from the Taste of Wynn menu. She ordered the 'risotto ai frutti di mare -
risotto with clams, scallops, shrimp, langoustines, calamari.' Was pretty good. Nothing special. Lots of seafood in there, which was nice. For her main course, she chose 'Brodetto Di Pesce All’Abruzzese - Abruzzi style seafood stew, clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari.' This was also good, but nothing special. I love seafood, and this place advertises that they fly in fish fresh daily from the Mediterranean... but I just wasn't blown away. For dessert, there were two choices, and she chose 'Sformato Di Cioccolato Al Latte, Crema Di Mascarpone, Gelato Al Caffe’ -Milk chocolate mousse, mascarpone cream, Illy caffe espresso gelato.' This was yummy. Even though we were completely full, we managed to finish the entire dessert.
The total bill came to $150, not including tip. We did not have any wine. Our server was really nice, but the service itself wasn't so good. Any time I needed a refill on water, it took forever. Not impressive. The bread basket was average. Nothing special.
To sum up, the inside was very beautiful, but the food just wasn't very memorable. Would I go back? Not at all, given all the other places to try. If for some reason, I was to end up there, I would try one of their whole fish next time... keep it simple.
K, hope that was helpful!! (My first review on CH, I feel so.... good, after having read other people's posts for years)
Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109