This Prospect Heights collaboration, headed by Joe Campanale, is the kind of neighborhood spot you’ll want to make your go-to on first sight. The restaurant showcases an intimate, feel-good vibe; friendly service; and a deceptively simple but well-executed menu.
The dining room is comfortable and replete with a small outdoor space that offers alfresco seating when the weather is right. Dinner might entail the likes of a whole Boston mackerel, wrapped in tender grape leaf and featuring a generous shake of herbs, lemon slices and creamy aïoli; or the sweet, milky house-made ricotta, laced with olive oil and candied almonds. A quenelle of rich chocolate crémeux topped with crunchy sea salt and toasted hazelnuts offers a beautiful and authentic finale.