Well-heeled regulars and conventioneers consistently laud this sleek downtown Italian restaurant. So do its peers in the California Restaurant Association, which in 2014 named it the best Italian fine-dining restaurant in the Gaslamp. “Bee-Chay” is known for its cheese bar, a robust collection of formaggi Italiani personally curated by the chef. The menu’s trademark is modern Italian cuisine with dishes like lobster pizza, mint-scented paparadelle with lamb ragu
and cedar plank-cooked sea bass. Waiters are professional and informed on the extensive Italian wine list, while the bar features local artisanal and imported beers and appropriate cocktails like the Il Rutino, with Aperol and prosecco.