$39 for a meal for two ($79.90 value)
- Two entrees
- Two glasses of wine
- One dessert
If the planters of blooming flowers outside Gallo Nero's front door don't immediately establish a commitment to home-style Italian comfort, the point is soon driven home by tiles the color of earthenware, sunset-orange walls, and wicker-wrapped Chianti bottles in the alcoves. Close huddles of tables make it easy to commiserate with friends and a chalkboard on the wall lists the daily specials, as well as the location of the nearest post office in case patrons need to write an Italian pen pal for recommendations.
The trattoria's owners strive to mirror the cozy, Old World vibe in their hearty menu. Chefs craft individual pieces of pasta by hand and glaze dishes with vibrant pesto and plum-tomato sauces. The flavors of the Italian countryside infuse a variety of regional specialties, including wild-mushroom risotto as well as a whole Mediterranean sea bass tinged with lemon, fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil.