Great dining, bargain prices: Instantly!

May 20, 2003 3:44 AM

Las Vegas is renowned for its world-class dining, but you don’t need to spend a fortune and fight the Strip crowds to eat large.

Simply drive to the west side to Instant Replay & Villa Pizza Sports Pub and Grille (5570 W. Flamingo Road, 252-7007), where you’ll find superb dining at bargain prices, plus all the fun for which sports pubs are famous.

Following its sports theme, Instant Replay features sports memorabilia on the walls plus dozens of TV monitors for watching the latest action. The vaulted ceilings, tile floors, booth and table seating, and lightwood furnishings create an informal atmosphere that is at once pleasant and pleasing.

Diners can choose from the main dining room, and another room that flanks the open exhibition kitchen.

There’s also a large bar equipped with the latest gaming machines, as well as a private room for banquets and parties. A nice touch in the private room is the projection screen TV plus VCR for viewing home movies or other party treats.

"We strive to serve gourmet food at bargain prices," said owner Tony Leone. "Families can feel comfortable dining here, knowing they are getting great dishes without spending an arm and a leg."

Instant Replay features a diverse menu, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The entrees are made from the freshest and best quality ingredients, and include a variety of Continental specialties and solid American favorites.

Among the house specials are chicken Marsala, which features a boneless breast of chicken in a light Marsala wine sauce with mushrooms that melt in your mouth.

Other great dishes include masterful renditions of eggplant Parmesan, chicken Angelo, fettucine Alfredo, tortellini, ravioli, shrimp fra diavolo, chicken scallopini and penne tossed with fresh broccoli and spinach.

Seafood lovers will like dishes such as Âí­linguine pescatore (pasta tossed with clams, calamari, shrimp, garlic, olive oil and a tangy Âí­tomato sauce); shrimp scampi ”” shrimp Âí­sautéed in a garlic, lemon, butter and wine sauce and served over linguine.

Dinner entrees are priced from $8.95 to $14.95, with most items ticketed at about $10! Here’s a great spot to eat, and you actually receive change back!

Instant Replay also serves superb pizza ”” traditional thin crust or thick, stuffed crust. From the latter you can feast on Popeye’s Delight (spinach, ricotta cheese and layers of Mozzarella), a monster Meat Lover’s Pizza (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, ham and salami) and a cholesterol-friendly Veggie Lover’s Pizza (tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms).

The traditional gourmet pizzas (all priced under $10) can be topped with virtually anything, including garlic chicken, diced clams, barbecue chicken, shrimp scampi, Italian sausage, ham and pineapple, red peppers and sausage, and much more.

For those who prefer to eat light, there’s a nice selection of salads, (the antipasto is a meal onto itself), hot and cold sandwiches, wraps (turkey, ham or chicken Cajun) and hearty subs.

Not to be left out, there’s an abundance of Âí­"party food" when the mood strikes you, Âí­including Mozzarella sticks, Jalapeno poppers, Âí­bruschetta, steamed clams Marinara, teriyaki wings, potato skins and fried zucchini.

In addition to Instant Replay’s regular menu, the lunch specials feature great food for barely the price of a Happy Meal, and the daily dinner specials have patrons coming back several times a week.