The combined culinary forces of chefs Arnauld Briand and Carmine Vento erupt in Ventano's elegant environment, where fresh seafood and fine wines accentuate traditional Italian recipes. The dinner menu leads the palate through a vista of sizzling baby lamb chops ($13.50) and steamed mussels ($10.50) before arriving at entrees such as eggplant parmigiana ($17.50) and potato-wrapped salmon, served with jasmine rice, grilled asparagus, and lobster cream sauce ($22). If you're feeling peckish around noontime, the lunch menu offers savory relief in the form of the blackened salmon sandwich ($13) and traditional calzone ($13), both of which keep hands occupied during business lunches so that they don't unintentionally sign contracts requiring salaries be paid in Monopoly money. Produce-packed edibles such as the 12-inch vegetarian pizza counter midday-feasting guilt, presenting nutritious toppings of tomatoes, onions, artichokes, mushrooms, and spinach ($13).
Sonoma Cellar Steakhouse specializes in traditional steakhouse cuisine with a California flair, such as the filet mignon au poivre ($35) and swordfish steaks ($32). Sommelier and General Manager Kalei Nash takes pride in offering an extensive wine list informed by extensive knowledge. Sip or pour a glass into a plastic-lined sock within an elegant, vaulted ceiling dining room.
The owner of Giada's Italian Cucina entertains palates with recipes stockpiled in taste bud banks as a child during Sunday dinners prepared by his grandmother. The friendly staff strolls between 12 tables in an intimate dining room with dark furnishings, brick-wall façade, and glass-tiled pizza oven that Aly Wagonseller of Zip Code Magazines deemed "modern, yet warm and homey." Guests pair traditional Old World entrees, such as thin pizzas and rustic papardelle pasta, with pours from a select list of Italian reds, whites, and gingham blends.