2001 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Don’t even utter the word marinara. Octopus, seared sea scallops, smoked pork chops, and delicate raviolis are the breed of Italian served here. The ambience—high ceilings, sultry décor, two hopping bars—is as much a draw as the cuisine. Plus, there’s a truly happening back room that feels like a library-turned-smoking chamber.

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