Italian in name but Californian in spirit, Sociale is a go-to for comfort fare that blends the best of both worlds. Chef/owner Tia Harrison crafts wonders; creamy burrata over pumpkin purée and melt-in-your-mouth braised pork belly are just two winners. Dessert is a must; you’ll be hard-pressed to find a table that can resist ordering the signature chocolate oblivion cake, a sinfully rich ganache enhanced with olive oil, sea salt and amaretti cookie crumble.
Located at the end of an alley with a heated patio, the vibe here is bistro-chic, with a hint of European flair accented by the warm, accommodating staff and the Italian and French chanteuses on the playlist. It’s the kind of neighborhood gem that everyone wishes they had on their block.