Italian

CAFE CHIANTI
Northern Italian menu. Large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, lamb and duck dishes. Eastern European specialties include homemade Hungarian paprika sausage. A separate dining room for private parties features the frescos of renowned artist Dusan Kadlec. Fully licensed. Extensive wine cellar. Open Monday to Friday for lunch; daily for dinner. 5165 South St. 423-7471. http://www.cafechianti.ca

DA MAURIZIO
Widely considered Halifax’s best restaurant. Three-time recipient of the CAA Four Diamond Award. Known for impeccable service, extensive wine lists and a celebrated northern Italian menu featuring calamari, gnocchi, lamb and seafood. Highly praised by visitors and locals alike. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St.
423-0859.

IL MERCATO
Popular trattoria offering a top-notch casual European menu. Northern Italian dishes are the speciality, with exquisite pizza, pasta and sandwiches. The desserts alone are worth the visit. 5650 Spring Garden Rd.: 422-2866. Sunnyside Mal,. 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford: 832-4531.

LA PERLA
Chef James MacDougall specializes in
traditional Northern Italian dishes. The appetizers are creative, the pasta is rich with flavourful sauces and the whole menu lends itself to the tradition of long, leisurely meals. Finish off with traditional Italian desserts such as gelato, fresh fruit or tortes. The restaurant is located in a historic building, made with bricks that originally came from England as ballast on sailing ships. 73 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth. 469-3241.

MILANO’S RISTORANTE
Italian fare in an informal setting. Open weekdays for lunch, 11am to 3pm; weekend brunch, 11am to 3pm; dinner daily from 5pm. 6430 Chebucto Rd. 431-6500.

PICCOLO MONDO RISTORANTE
Located in the heart of downtown, Piccolo Mondo showcases the traditional Roman passion for freshness on every plate, from pasta, made in-house, to succulent seafood, appetizers, veal and more. Finish the evening with a specialty martini in the PM Lounge. Open from noon, Monday to Saturday; 5pm on Sunday. 1580 Argyle St. 429-0080.

ROCCO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE
Specializing in Southern Italian cuisine, Rocco’s also offers popular seafood, steak and chicken dishes. Open daily. 313 Prince Albert Rd., Dartmouth. 461-0211.

TOMAVINO’S
Specializing in gourmet Italian-style pizzas, with an array of delicious toppings. The menu also boasts salads, succulent pastas and tasty soups. The kitchen prepares a variety of creative entrŽes, all served in an intimate, romantic dining room. The dining room has welcomed celebrities like Anne Heche and has catered for Cher. Voted Halifax’s best pizza for four years in a row by readers of The Coast. 5173 South St. 422-9757. http://www.tomavinos.ca

THE VINES PASTA GRILL
Offers Italian-American favourites with an emphasis on creative pasta dishes. Offerings include baked cannelloni, Southwest fettuccine and chicken scampi. Or choose from entrées like beef
tenderloin and grilled salmon.

Open Tuesday to Sunday.
4 Panavista Dr., Dartmouth. 434-4114.

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