Standout qualities: Chef Jamie Mammano presents a menu that captures the simplicity and freshness that define Tuscan cuisine. The restaurant evokes the rustic feel of an Old World farmhouse with end-grain wood floors, weathered barn board, Italian mosaics, and chandeliers made from old wine barrels.
Insider tip: The three-course Tuscan Country Supper for $50 is fun and makes choices easy. How about: orecchiette, Tuscan steak, and chocolate crema—you simply can’t go wrong.
Fun fact: From the family that brought you Mistral, Teatro, Sorellina, Mooo, and Ostra restaurants.
86 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-270-0100, landanagrill.com
Insider tip: Sit at the bar, where people chat easily with each other and with the dynamic staff. Ask for the cards that have been uniquely designed by a local artist displaying each of the bar’s ambitious cocktails and a recipe. It’s a good conversation starter, for sure. Let the evening bloom along with your Twilight Bloom, made with Lunazul Blanco tequila, hibiscus, lime, orange, pomegranate, and rhubarb.
Philosophy: Opus reflects the city of Salem: It’s quirky, progressive, and welcoming.
87 Washington St., Salem, 978-744-9600, salemopus.com