This 26-year-old restaurant strikes an amazing balancing act: it is one of the most refined dining rooms in the city, with Old World European-style service that is a special and rare thing to experience, yet with an elevated Italian cuisine that is contemporary and innovative. Chef-partner Suzette Gresham is a master of pasta (the ridged pasta with foie gras is a decadent wonder), and her seasonal tasting menu is full of unexpected touches, like a Fontina budino with roasted red pepper and bitter chocolate. Partner and GM Giancarlo Paterlini runs the dining room like a smooth ship, and his lovingly assembled wine cellar is full of treasures. This is the kind of place that is ideal for special occasions, but it’s such a memorable experience that any lover of Italian cuisine shouldn’t let the lack of something to celebrate keep them away—a meal here is an occasion in and of itself.
1722 Sacramento St.
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri, Sat 5:30-10pm|