Right in the heart of Fifth Avenue, the restaurant formerly known as Di Vino takes its inspiration from the regional cuisines of Italy. Rough brick walls, wooden floors, and chalkboards inscribed with the daily specials lend a Continental flavor, as do house-made breads and pastas, including gnocchi and spaghetti with mussels and clams. For local seafood, try the panfried scallops and grilled octopus; for something farther out to sea, try Chilean sea bass served with grape
and ginger reduction. The desserts here are said to be the best in Playa, especially the bitter chocolate cake with homemade ice cream. Large groups can reserve the Imperial Table for 18; the street-level patio is the best place to sit if you want to people-watch. The bar is open until 2 am.