Chic but casual and featuring well-oiled service. Proprietor Mirriam Platto had catered in the area for years, and customers often urged her to follow her dreams and open a restaurant. Now that she has, the results are extraordinary, with a menu of simple, fresh dishes that meld culinary traditions near and far: Bolognese sauce on penne pasta, chipotle-pesto chicken, spicy shrimp diabla, and hand-cut steaks. For dessert, dig into a decadent panna cotta on a bed of strawberry sauce or the addictive lemon mousse. The dining room is sleek, spare, and stylish, decorated with dried plants and nature photos and art.