Luna Rosa, South Hill
Tel: 264 497 6810
Concierge.com's insider take:
Weeks after its opening in late 2007, Luna Rosa was already the island's hot new trattoria, garnering kudos for its no-fuss Italian cuisine, friendly service, and breezy cliff-top terrace with views of offshore islets. After dark, the islands disappear under the stars, but the friendly bar, and accommodating Italian staff encourage lingering with an espresso and a chilled limoncello. Be sure to ask for a terrace table when you book, as part of the romance is in the alfresco dining. Even on a hot and sticky night, this is one of the island's cool places to be with a bubbly prosecco or pinot bianco by the glass. The lunch menu includes several panini, and insalata caprese, as well as eggplant parmesan and other traditional, heavier fare, but feel free to make special requests. "No problem" seems to be the mantra here. For dinner, try the pasta in a lobster bisque or crab meat sauce, zuppa di pesce (Italian fish stew), or red snapper deboned tableside. The focus here is less on innovation and more on subtle and solid takes on traditional fare.
Open Mondays 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays noon to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 9:30 pm.