Colori Kitchen

Colori Kitchen. Credit: letitout.club

Colori Kitchen. Credit: letitout.club

There is nothing more Italian than a big bowl of pasta and an even bigger glass of wine. We’ll leave the pasta to the professionals at Colori Kitchen, but the wine we’ll stick to our tried and true. Located in downtown’s historic district, the restaurant is small and unassuming, but what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in food – all the trattoria staples are offered – and encourages outside vino. Che bello!

Yamakase

Omakase – the Japanese phrase that translates to “I’ll leave it up to you” – is a culinary experience that is sure to delight at our final pick on the list. Owner and executive chef Yama San personally oversees the preparation as he visits with patrons throughout the meal. To make matters more intriguing, reservations are by invitation only. (Don’t worry. You can request an invitation online.) The meal isn’t cheap. However, the price reflects the sheer volume of food – 20 courses! – and the loving attention Yama San pays to each guest is well worth it. Plus, you’ll be saving money on alcohol when you bring your own wine, beer or sake to pair with the range of cooked, raw and nigiri sushi.