Perfect For: Date Night First/Early in the Game Dates Girls' Night Out
PHOTOS: Julie Soefer

Coltivare has all of the right elements for a great group dinner: excellent cocktails, a garden where you can enjoy said cocktails, and a shareable Italian menu. Located in the neighborhood you wish you lived in (The Heights), this Italian-American spot uses seasonal produce from its own backyard to make a big menu of snacks and small plates in addition to pizzas, pastas, and larger entrees. You should expect a wait, but that just gives you time to get a cocktail and find a bench in the garden area while you strategize what to order.

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