$$$$15-25 per entrée
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Feature: Happy Hour
Its flavor-bursting Italian food and its propensity for fresh, quality ingredients keep it at the head of the class for local Italian restaurants.
In contrast to the sophisticated black-and-white setting, the menu comes in colors from classic Caesar salad with shaved Grana Padano and spaghetti and meatballs to salmon piccata and New York strip with mascarpone polenta and baby broccolini.
The lasagna Napoletana is typical of the standards set here—a generous square of pasta layered with fluffy ricotta, meat ragu, mozzarella, and the totally fresh-tasting, garlicky pomodoro sauce.