Ah....Carnevino. The place with the giant bull inside.
It's amazing, really. Brian and I have been here several times, and while the service can run hot and cold, the food definitely does not. It's Mario Batali's restaurant, and while I'm not a huge fan of his work, I am a major fan of this place.
It's Italian all the way, starting with the antipasti and ending with really strong coffee. While the wine list is amazing, Brian is a fan of their old-fashions. He's been so bold to declare Carnevino makes the best old-fashion in Las Vegas.
I'm a fan of starting with a shared pasta dish, and then moving on to the entree. Nothing against the salads, but it's fun to share pastas like potato gnocchi or the ravioli di stracotto. It warms up the palate and gets you in that Italian mindset.
Brian is a fan of their bone-in ribeye, but I prefer the lamb "scottadita." (Yes, I like it b/c it has the word "scott" in it.) The desserts are amazing and differ day to day, as many of the ingredients are picked up from farmer's markets around Vegas.
The only catch is to not let them seat you in the "annex" - it's across from the actual restaurant, and is a tiny room with too many tables in it. You feel detached from the rest of the ambiance, and more than likely, a waiter will ask you to move your chair in so he/she can get by. It's hard to hear in there, since the sound is so compressed, so the wait for a regular table in the rest of the restaurant is worth it. Or eat at the bar -- the bartenders are usually pretty generous with their pours.
Also, leave the five-and-under crowd at home.
Any of the pasta dishes
Desserts with fresh berries