Replacing JR's is this 120-seat Northern Italian restaurant where Executive Chef Alberto Ricci, a native of Ravenna, Italy, and who trained at the Milano Marrittano Culinary Institute, heads up the kitchen. Main dishes to try include spaghetti with tuna and plum tomatoes; pan roasted rack of lamb in a Barolo sauce; and Emilia-Romagna seafood soup. A selection of gourmet pizzas including the stagioni (baby artichokes, Italian ham, mushroom) is also offered. Open for lunch and dinner Tues through Sun.
Salty, unctuous, and smooth, cured meats are the perfect nibble with a glass of Dolcetto or Barbera. At Casa Brusco, you can pick from a top-notch selection—speck, prosciutto, mortadella, coppa—and add a cheese selection as well. If the comfortable and understated atmosphere of this café convinces you to stay on for a dish of pasta, grilled octopus, or a pizza after that, you’ll be more than welcome.