Clifton / Italian / $$
The dining room is a hive of activity, with servers buzzing back and forth between the kitchen and the patio and diners laughing heartily as they take another sip of wine. But you barely notice. You’re rapt, taking in the aroma and taste of the Genovese scallops, just one of chef Justin Gudiel’s original creations.
Briny seared scallops sit atop a nest of skinny capellini. The noodles are coated in a creamy pesto sauce that bursts with garlic and basil. On top, ruby-like tomatoes glisten with sweet-and-sour juices that light up the pasta dish. You may have never eaten it before, but it’s a taste of homey contentment all the same.
See This: The cozy historical building is full of nooks and crannies, but most people choose the patio with its brick fireplace.
Eat This: Arancini, Genovese scallops, tiramisu
When to Visit: You’re in need of the love only a warm bowl of pasta can provide.