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Casanova Restaurant by the Sea
Casanova Restaurant by the Sea Review
Owner Tony Crescente and younger brother–maitre d' Carlo offer a genuinely simpatico dining experience, practically exhorting you to mangia, and sending you off with a chorus of ciaos (photos of happy diners cover one wall). There's a bit of decorative formaggio: murals of Calabria, grape clusters, and chubby cherubs cavorting; paintings of the Amalfi Coast; "una finestra sul mare" ("window to the sea") stenciled redundantly over arches opening onto the harbor. But the kitsch doesn't extend to the kitchen, with such sterling Italian favorites as salmon marinated in citrus, olive oil, and basil; lovely lemony veal piccata; pappardelle del brigante (with rosemary-scented lamb ragout); or seafood grill in parsley-garlic-lemon sauce. Enjoy grappa at the marble bar of Il Bacio lounge, which is lined with wooden wine racks (the impressive selection isn't overly Italian-centric). The patio juts over the harbor; the moonlight (abetted by a soundtrack of Bocelli to Bennett) would transform any amorous coward into a Casanova.
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