06/09/08 -see other reviews-
Attitude - 4 Eye Candy - 3 Price - 2
"Downtown's Little Secret"
Review by Rachel M. Sugay of Today in Las Vegas magazine
"Downtown's Little Secret
Tucked away downtown is Bistro Divino, which can best be described as a charming, neighborhood restaurant, reminiscent of those you can find in New York or San Francisco. Located in the uber-hip Holsum Design Center, which is home to specialty furniture and art shops, as well as offices, artists studios, galleries and showrooms, this eight-month pizzeria and wine bar took over what was The Grill on Charleston. And what a changeover.
The interiors are true to the Italian theme – the walls are done in Venetian plaster in a light shade of forest green, and numerous vintage liquor ad prints adorn the walls. This is not your run-of-the-mill pizza joint – there are no red-and-white checkered tablecloths, jars of parmesan cheese, or deep-dish pizzas in sight. Manager Megan Bass explains, “The owners were just so in love with Italy, that they wanted to bring back a piece of Italy to Vegas. That’s why all ingredients are imported from Italy. From the deli meats, down to the flour used to make pizza dough and pastas.”
All in all, this is one of the city’s best offerings to the dining scene. It may be a little off the beaten path, but it’s well worth the effort. Parking’s a breeze, no walking through several storeys to get to your destination; the ambience is charming and the antithesis of the bright lights and thematic restaurants on the Strip; it’s child-friendly (it’s the rare child that will refuse pizza or pasta) and most important of all, the food is out of this world – fresh, made-from-scratch with the best ingredients possible. Now this is eating good in the neighborhood."
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