1. Gallo Nero
Some things are classics for a reason. Gallo Nero, the Pearl District’s Tuscan spot, has been steadily serving updated versions of Italian classics since 2012. The menu here is reliable and starts with light antipasti, a robust assortment of salads, and a quintet of bruschette before diving into the larger, traditionally coursed mains. There’s more than a half-dozen pastas, regional secondi, like a traditional Livornese seafood stew and herby stewed cannellini beans, and of course, a long list of every dessert you might want, from tiramisu and gelato to caffe corretto and torta della nonna to cap off the night.