Best Casual Romantic Restaurant - 2006
For a cozy little spot that won't break the bank it's tough to beat this homey Italian eatery. Even without reservations, it's not impossible to get a seat on the weekend, and once you're in the care of the welcoming staff it becomes a quick favorite: just casual enough to be comfortable, just quaint enough to be romantic. The homemade pastas especially the plump gnocchi rank among the best in the city, and there always seems to be a seasonal ravioli dish on the specials list. The unadventurous can pick from among the pizzas, which are good across the board, from the simple margherita (mozzarella and basil alone) to the more ornate gorgonzola and caramelized walnuts. You can get out of Il Cantuccio for about $12 an entree, and the gummy bears that come with the check are a cute touch that makes paying the mid-priced bill that much sweeter.