Calling in a specialist ensures a job a well done: if you need a guy out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, you call Dennis Eckersley, and if you need a man killed, you call Dennis Eckersley. Bringing in a specialist of their own, Pazzo.
The owners of Tapeo called in the cuisine specialist who opened both Bricco and Carmen to bring his less-creepy-than-it-sounds Italian touch to this 215-seat split-level exposed-brick, former Croma space, featuring dual dark wood bars, a corner fireplace, and even more romantically, giant mirrors plastered everywhere. Highlights start w/ meaty Secondi like the Braciola, a rolled Tuscan-style meatloaf covered with pine nuts, golden raisins, and tomato agro dolce; herb-crusted grilled shoulder tenderloin w/ mashed potatoes; and a grilled rack of Berkshire Pork equipped with spiced pickled grapes, and bacon-smashed potatoes, which make for a uniquely cheap date. Lighter entree deliciousness includes Wellfleet clams bubbling in tomato, hot pepper, garlic, and white wine; boar sautéed in a pancetta ragu over penne pasta and topped w/ Parmesan and tomato; and seared day-boat scallops w/ tangerines over asparagus risotto featuring a "three pea salute", also the name of an act so gross, it's NSFInternet.
If you just wanna do apps and 'tinis with the gals, they've got Parmesan truffled crispy potato spirals, pizzettas (sausage/ricotta/roasted peppers, margherita, etc), and an array of cocktails like the Ginberry Martini (house-made ginger vodka, fresh lemon, Prosecco, and candied ginger, and the gin-based Cucumber Cause made with white pepper, in homage to what the Eck makes you call him before ending your pitiful life.