A Tavola! head chef Salvatore Bianco, a Naples native, crafts savory Italian offerings using generations-old family recipes, handmade pastas, and traditional wood-burning brick ovens. Diners can crack open fresh mussels coated in olive oil ($14) or wrap forks around the flavorful tendrils of the spicy spaghetti alla diavola ($16), festooned with jumbo shrimp. Pillows of ravioli come stuffed with ricotta and spinach ($15) and arrive bearing homespun, cross-stitched axioms and a coat of taleggio sauce. Meanwhile, tomato, caramelized onions, and pancetta set sail with mozzarella and hot peppers aboard the pancetta e cipolla pizza ($11.50). For a pleasing coda, tiramisu ($6) appeases sweet teeth with offerings of mascarpone and cocoa. Diners can pair these comestibles with potables from an extensive wine list while stationed inside the eatery's industrial-chic dining room, outdoors on an intimately lit patio, or underwater in a comfortably appointed bathysphere.
The Southern cooking sages at Café Le Rue hearken to the bayous of Louisiana while conjuring up the robust dishes that adorn their menu of authentic Cajun delicacies. Appetizers roust slumbering appetites more efficiently than donning a belly shirt in a blizzard, with selections such as sweet corn and jalapeño hush puppies ($6.99), or fried oysters sidled up next to a spicy rémoulade sauce ($11.99). Po boys and wraps ($9.99) extinguish hand-held hunger pangs, while shrimp and crawfish étouffe snuggles together two types of shellfish on a bed of rice ($10.99). Sautéed sausage anoints the hot n spicy red beans and rice ($10.99), affording diners the privilege of sampling the flavors of the Gulf without robbing a museum of Louis Armstrong's lunch pail.
Serving American favorites and Old World classics in a comfortable, chalet-style restaurant, Seven Gables crafts a refined menu of palate-pleasing seafood, pasta, poultry, and steak dishes. Harmonize both land and sea with a filet mignon and lobster tail duet (market price), or plunge face first into the savory chicken wellington stuffed with tasso Louisiana ham, risotto, and asiago before being swaddled in a flaky pastry ($14.95). Meat masticators can enjoy their lamb romarin roasted with a rub of fresh-roasted garlic and in-house garden rosemary ($22.95).
From the brick-paneled walls and booths lined with dark wooden accents to the seasonal selection of gourmet American cuisine, Blackstone embodies every aspect of the classic steak house. A selection of hearty cuts anchors the menu, whether as solitary 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, or massive 22-ounce cowboy rib eyes adorned with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster-shaped earrings, and other edible accessories. Guests can also savor a taste of the seas with plates of Atlantic salmon or pan-fried trout. Blackstone's wine list collects more than 35 pours, including 19 by the glass.