With name chefs blowing in and out of its kitchen, this dark, suave neighbourhood pioneer of alta cucina has hit its share of rough patches over the years. But its capacity for comebacks is astounding. Give it a go when you're feeling flush—chances are you'll score some marvelously silky pasta (the meatball-studded timpano is a wonder), rounded out by intriguing seasonal contorni-like foie gras-laced butternut squash or potatoes mashed with pink grapefruit. Meanwhile, the allure of the obscure tints the all-Italian wine list.
241 Hanover Street
|Cross street:||at Richmond Street|
|Opening hours:||5-11pm Mon, Sun; 5pm-2am Tue-Sat.|
|Transport:||Orange line to Haymarket|
|Price:||Main courses $21-$46|