I'm putting this review in the hotel section because Citysearch does not recognize this restaurant in the Borgata. Ombra is the most important new Italian restaurant that I have visited in the last year; Luke Palladino and his staff deserve accolades for their creativity and dedication to authenticity. The main menu is exceptional and every dish is solid and worth having; however, what makes this restaurant truly outstanding and unique is the bar/bistro area and it's separate bar/happy hour menu. Please go with a good friend and try as many of the 'Italian tapas"" that you can eat. For example, the fritelle (fried spaghetti, salami, and pecorino cheese shaped into puffy squares), the arancini (risotto fritters stuffed with cheese, black truffle and scallion), the pasticiatti (soft polenta, sausage, and gorgonzola) cooked in its own little kettle, the salamis, cheeses, etc, etc. The wine list is extensive, wine by the glass is well represented. You can sit at the bar or in the bar area and have complete dinners with decanted (by the sommelier) wine from the main menu; but the bistro menu is unique and the best ""Italian comfort food"" that I have ever eaten in the United States. The service/staff is excellent; go back a second time and I bet that they will remember what you had the last visit...even the wine that you drank. Luke Palladino needs to bring this bistro concept to Las Vegas; much like the quality and fun of Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel or Artisinal in New York City that was the brainchild of Terrance Brennan (Picholine) and his fromagier Max McCallan, this concept of Italian Bistro fare could recreate the passion and joy of eating Italian cooking in the United States.
Pros: Quality, away from the ""bus tour business"" at the Boardwalk, superb service
Cons: A little tough to navigate the casino floor the first time there.