So my verdict is: same quality as the NYC location but prices are quite higher (as expected).
I was lukewarm about the NYC location and that is the same with this location. I ordered some of my favorites including the veal parm ($65 yikes) and the meatballs, both were great and of the same quality. Sorry I forgot to take pics of those.
To start: we got the same breads, pickled cauliflower and salami. I made a salami sand with the garlic bread and it was great. The salami is fantastic, slightly spicy and warmed for a soft bite.
Sorry ate some before stuffing my face. It looked better beforehand.
We then ordered 2 Caesar salads since the Captain rec’d the size was good for 2 people. This was fantastic, slightly spicy, blast of garlic and a tinge of salt and brine from the anchovy. The croutons were also great, a nice crunch on the outside but chewy middle gave great textures to the crunchy romaine. Highly recommend if you love garlic. I also ate the crouton with a piece of salami which was awesome. Couldn’t help myself.
Also came the meatballs which I totally forgot to take a picture of. As good as I remembered. Soft and flavorful. Not on the menu but a must orde IMO.
Then we ordered the Zuppa di Pesce upon @ipsedixit rec and it did not disappoint. This and the Caesar were the highlights of the dinner. Great briny tomato broth with perfectly cooked seafood. Lobster was soft. Bivalves all tender. The grilled bread used for dipping provided a nice bitterness. My favorite part was dunking the bread in the broth as well as just drinking the broth straight from the bowl. Highly recommend. I would actually recommend getting a bowl just for oneself. No need to share.
Then came what I was waiting for. Veal parm. Great rendition although very pricey. My favorite part is the rib they give you to gnaw on. I recommend going full beast mode on it while using you knife to fend off the other diners for a taste. No pics again because I forgot.
Our Captain then suggested we have the cherry pepper ribs and the spicy rigatoni together, so we did.
I had not tried the ever popular spicy rigatoni before and neither did anyone in our party. The pasta was cooked al dente and the texture was a slight chew. But I found it to be just okay, actually, rather pedestrian. It was good something I could make at home and not be $27. It was a tiny portion I might add. Here is a half order since we ordered two. Pasta about the size of a small salad plate just for reference. Perhaps this location is just smaller?
Cherry pepper ribs were just that. Ribs with cherry peppers. Serious mediocrity alert. While they were gigantic, not something I would order again. Slightly undercooked too and was very difficult to eat with fork and knife. I picked it up and still hard to eat. The cherry peppers were just that and added sweetness and that is about it. The kale underneath tasted like Italian dressing in a mediocre way.
I asked the server what his favorite desserts were and he replied adamantly the lemon cheesecake and the carrot cake. So we ordered one of each.
Carrot cake was disappointing. The icing to cake ratio is just way off or the icing just needs to be less sweet. I started to slide the icing to the side and it was better but still just average tasting. Our party did not finish it. We did however enjoy the ginger ice cream and it was gone. Too bad the ice cream was paired with such a cloyingly sweet icing.
The lemon cheesecake was good. Almost like a lemon tart and cheesecake in one. The crust was quite hard and difficult the cut through with a fork but added a nice crunch when eaten. The filling was smooth and luscious in your mouth and the zip of lemon custard was refreshing. I would order this again. And the slice is quite large, perfect for 2-3 people to share.
Overall I would say I am still lukewarm with Carbone. Some hits and some misses. But the price at this Vegas location is significantly higher than the NYC outlet. One other thing to note, we were not served limoncello like the NYC location, not that I wanted it but still.