When the occasion calls for dinner-a-deux, Pane Caldo's intimate atmosphere and sophisticated attention to detail makes it a wisely chosen rendezvous. Contemporary Northern Italian cuisine, imbued with French influences, takes the page with all the right catchwords: The seasonal menu draws from exotic herbs, organic meats and freshly baked breads.
Menu highlights include carefully constructed antipasti like Sevruga caviar and white truffle ice cream and blackberry amarone reduction; entrees include sauteed sea bass with geoduck clams and white truffle sauce.
The exceptional wine menu features more than 1,200 bottles, and though dramatically more modest in size, the dessert menu's equally delightful treats include the chocolate cake trio.
A semi-private dining room is available for 10 to 12, and the third floor can accommodate catered events for 25-175. Reservations are recommended during the week and required on Friday and Saturday.
Average cost: $31+
Centerstage Reviewer: Erin Delahanty