Balla Italian Soul
Las Vegas is a better place the more you have Shawn McClain around. The James Beard Award-winning chef remained on the Strip with Libertine Social after the untimely closure of Sage, and is now raising his profile in dramatic fashion with Balla Italian Soul. Modern, farm-fresh Italian restaurants aren't in short supply these days, but McClain oversees a tight, efficient menu with reasonable Strip prices and welcome creative accents. Chewy Roman-style pizzas are brought to life in a white oak-fired oven along with hearty proteins. Try the Sea Bream (served whole and deboned with lemon preserve, leeks, and a caper butter sauce) or the Pork Delmonico (tender slices topped with a sweet-and-sour black garlic agrodolce), complemented nicely with a selection of pastas, Italian wines, and cocktails, including the Curo di Alessandro, which is almost like a smoky take on a Penicillin. Begin any meal with the Caesar Salad (given a hint of bitterness with chicory lettuce) and Lamb Tartare. Meals are served in a charming dining room with an arched brick ceiling and charcuterie sliced market-style near the front entrance.
How to book: Make reservations via Seven Rooms.