Agostino Sciandri and actor Robert De Niro teamed to open this Tuscan trattoria in 1997. Out front, there are cypress and olive trees, as well as an enclosed patio to protect against (rare) inclement weather. The dining room itself has an exhibition kitchen and a glass and steel bar. The key piece of kitchen equipment is the wood-burning oven, which eschews pizzas in favor of proteins like a 22-ounce T-bone steak and baby rack of lamb. Other choices include the pounded and breaded veal chop, cylindrical paccheri pasta with lamb ragú, and tomato-based seafood risotto. Dolci are classic Italian, consisting of cannoli, tiramisu, and gelato.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.