Viale dei Romani
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Chef Casey Lane's rustic-yet-refined Italian gem feels almost hidden, tucked away in the lobby of the La Peer Hotel just off Melrose. But once inside, it's all marble and brass and warm wood—a so-chic setting that sets the pace for Lane's equally-cool cuisine. Between the decor and the menu, you'll never want to leave: saffron fried rice with clams; the astounding 50-some-odd-layer Pasta alla Piastra lasagna; a handful of artful crudos; an array of seasonal vegetables; and wood-grilled meats make for an overwhelming bounty. If you want to dabble, Viale also offers three unique tasting menus, which each focus on the styles and ingredients of a specific region of Italy. Like we said, we never want to leave.