Chef and restaurateur Scott Harris originally started Davanti Enoteca in Chicago, and his growing chain has now reached great heights in San Diego County. The first Southern California incarnation immediately became a favorite in Little Italy, and its sister restaurant in Del Mar Heights has also won over the local crowd. Davanti in Del Mar feels cozy and charming, thanks to its exposed brick walls, ambient lighting and lively communal tables. The outdoor patio is also popular for leisurely lunches that might involve pizzas, homemade pastas, charcuterie boards and more. To start, try the truffle egg toast with fontina and asparagus, or a roasted pear and goat cheese salad with arugula. It’s a great place for a date night or after-movie bite and libation.