It's tough to be timeless, because you can't predict what trends will eventually fall by the wayside. Rossini's Restaurant, however, has made some pretty good bets in its 36 years of business: beautiful paintings, a spacious dining room, and live music every night. Six nights out of seven, that music comes from a piano. But on Saturdays, an opera trio takes the stage, singing romantic numbers throughout supper.
The menu is just as classic as the ambiance. It begins with antipasti and salad dishes, followed by pasta plates such as stuffed tortellini and linguine in a clam broth. The seafood dishes include a catch-of-the-day that can be prepared to your or the chef's taste, and Dover sole that may or may not be available, depending on whether the fish market wanted to keep it all to itself. Other entrees center on filet mignon medallions, seasoned lamb chops, and sauteed veal in white wine.
Columns, soft light, and a creamy color palette inspire a warm atmosphere at 83 1/2, an Italian restaurant where ambience and fresh ingredients make evenings unforgettable. Tiled mosaics and ink-red wines supply the dining room's most colorful accents, except on evenings when indoors sun showers create rainbows. The artistry spills over onto the careful presentation of the meals, which the chefs turn into a visual masterpieces, many of which unfold over several courses. Meals might include saltimbocca with truffled potatoes, pan-seared duck with red onion marmalade, and gnocchi with spinach ricotta.
Bella Vita Pizzeria's menu is primarily divided among three things, two of which are brick-oven pizzas and paninis layered with fresh mozzarella and herbs. The third is pasta dishes?customers can choose from 13 entrees that include penne alla vodka and spinach ravioli with a fresh plum tomato sauce. Each entree can be ordered in individual or family sizes, the latter of which is ideal if you plan on finishing that cloning machine tonight.