Because SASSO can't survive on bread and ALLCAPS alone, Alberto Lombardi has opened the patio-equipped Cafe des Artistes in One Arts, following up a string of Euro successes (Bistro 31, Penne Pomodoro, La Fiorentina...) so impressive, he could replace Germany as Europe's sugar-daddy. And savory-daddy
Chef David Garwacki -- a veteran of resorts in Santa Barbara and Hawaii -- kicks off his menu not with surf, turf, and a dangerously fertile vacationing Elizabeth Shue, but with crispy, parm-covered meatballs in "angry" tomato sauce, a fricassee of escargot in brown-butter risotto, and also brown-buttered veal sweetbreads. Steamed PEI mussels shouldn't be so angry, as they're served with white wine, creamed young leeks, smoked bacon lardons & hard apple cider. Meanwhile, slow-braised beef short ribs get pomme puree, king trumpet 'shrooms, cipollinis, watercress, truffle jus, and Serrano ham, also what Bob Uecker called Pedro when he showed up for spring training 20lbs overweight
If you came here for two things and booze is one of them, then get fancy with the Night at the Opera (bourbon, Grand Marnier, bitters, grenadine, egg white, orange marmalade, shaved nutmeg) or the OJ, cointreau, pomegranate liqueur Champagne Dream, just one of the many ways European countries forget they're totally broke.