Some collabs make so much sense that it's hard to believe it took this long to get them together, yes, everyone is looking at you, Phil Collins and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Creating edible harmony, Aldino's.
The first combo effort from a chef and restauranteur who've known each other for two decades, Aldino's is a 100-seat casual Italian eatery with dark wood and antique-style chandeliers that give a rustic feel, far more pleasant than that uninvited back massage from a lumberjack. The menu has a wide range of antipasti (roasted grapes w/ walnuts and taleggio focaccia, housemade pork sausage with spicy cauliflower giardiniere) that give way to pasta dishes like squid ink chitarra with braised calamari, and a brown butter/sage infused Swiss chard gnudi that's just trying to earn extra money for college. Main courses include lemon and milk braised pork shoulder with polenta verde and braised short rib Romana with fingerling potatoes, but also keep an eye out for enticing daily specials like Tuesdays' veal osso bucco with saffron risotto and Thursdays when they're serving up a whole porchetta with roasted fennel and Tuscan potatoes whose eyes are always fixed on blonde American tourists studying abroad.
Drinks-wise there's a 60-plus bottle wine list heavy on Italian reds; those looking to take a little something extra home can hit the gourmet grocer and marketplace they'll be rolling out in a couple of weeks -- a blink of the eye compared to the time you waited for Phil Collins and Bizzy Bone to ask you to do the same.