Caesar's Ristorante Italiano
Muster an appetite for Caesar's menu with the opening invasion of antipasto caldo of scallop Florentine (scallops, spinach, bacon, ham, and cream sauce, $9) or an antipasto freddo of mozzarella caprese (green salad topped with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, pesto, and Italian dressing, $8) before quickly expanding your dinner territory with a secondi. Hope that your date doesn't speak Italian and order the pasta alla puttanesca ("whore's pasta," $9)—a mélange of diced tomatoes, black olives, hot peppers, capers, and artichoke hearts over spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine, or ziti and topped with a spicy garlic and green-onion sauce. Seafarers, meanwhile, can sing with the fishes over a filet di pesce alla Frank Sinatra ($15), the catch of the day sautéed in lemon, capers, white wine, olive oil, witchcraft, and blue eyes that have been aged several decades. A more classical catch would be the lobster Pavarotti ($24), which serves a grossly overweight rock-lobster tail with baby shrimp and mushrooms in a heartbreaking aria of brandy cream sauce. More-casual culinary conquerors can share a 16-inch Piccadilly pizza with friends (beef, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and ham, $14). Wrap up your dinner with a traditional cappuccino ($4) or a deliciously decadent tiramisu ($4).