The buzz: A casual Italian-meets-American West eatery that melds street art and fresh, modern comfort food at affordable prices (nothing is more than $34) has set up up shop at cool and happening Tras Street.
The vibe: Pretty rambunctious. Even with stark white walls, the interior comes alive with a geometric neon mural of an American-Indian-esque girl offset by exposed brick and lots of wood. Music from a vintage vinyl player fills the bright space with a mix of classic rock ‘n’ roll and funkier indie tunes.
The food: Predominantly Italian dishes with an all-American barbecue feel. The portions are pretty generous so everything’s great for sharing. There are comfort dishes like crumbed veal taco ($19) balanced with a tangy Granny Smith apple and horseradish slaw, as well as a smoky coal-grilled Dirty Steak ($34)–a flat iron steak with Carolina dry-rubbed spice, verde sauce, onion rings and shallots. Australian chef Logan Campbell’s specialty are pastas, so do try the fluffy housemade gnocchi ($21) with sautéed brussels sprouts, lemon zest and sage, topped with honey. They also have daily specials.
The drinks: The focus is on an interesting list of wines, but with strong Italian leanings (ranging from $54 to $115 per bottle). It’s pleasant to find seven different wines by the glass (even an inky, aromatic Nero D’Avola) on such a succinct list. They also have a wine exchange program so bring your empty wine bottle in exchange for house wine for $42. Not bad.
Why you’ll be back: Good prices, big portions, nice family-style dining vibe. Plus, vinyl lovers get a free drink on Chef Campbell if you bring in a record he approves of.