Nino's, the most refined of Vincent Mandola's trio of Italian eateries sharing a block, focuses on Sicilian specialties, which makes perfect sense. With that charming country house interior and beautiful patio, it's impossible not to think of the stylish Duke of Verdura cavorting around Palermo with Cole Porter and the glitterati in the 1920s. We suggest the carciofi fritti, or fried baby artichokes to start, and the thin, crispy pizzas are, in true Italian style, impossibly fresh and light. The veal dishes are a house specialty, and we have to agree when Nino's says the veal chop is the best in town.
Call it "Mandolaland" — Nino's shares a parking lot with sister restaurants Vincent's and Grappino.