A perfect special-occasion restaurant, this hidden gem offers the city’s most delicious, refined contemporary Italian fare in one of the most elegant and intimate settings. Don’t let its obscure location off somewhat gritty Polk Street fool you. Inside, it’s all luxury, from the surprisingly spacious, gorgeously adorned dining room (so you can actually hear your dinner companion) to the ever-attentive service to the Michelin-starred multicourse menu and wine list. Owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Chef Suzette Gresham-Tognetti have been here since 1989, and continue to ensure the most special experience (and don’t miss the cheese cart). If there’s an occasion to be celebrate and you want a quiet, memorable meal, this is your place.
- Erika Lennert