If you’re looking for the romantic candle-lit atmosphere of Giorgio Baldi without the collection of paparazzi out front, try Delfini across the street. This Italian place is a little less expensive and a little more low-key. You might accidentally eat the entire bread basket before the food comes, but don’t - you’re going to want to make room for every last bite of your fettuccine bolognese or veal chop milanese. You won’t need a reservation, but it’s a place that always feels just the right amount of busy.
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