Go out for Italian in the Gaslamp Quarter and you risk getting caught in a tourist trap—BiCE Ristorante is an exception. Popular with locals and visitors, BiCE offers its refined, big-city style of Italian cuisine in a sleek downtown space. This dinner-only restaurant led by Italian-born chef Mario Cassineri offers a cheese-and-salumi bar, dishes like gnocchi with asiago cheese, veal with saffron risotto, and market fresh fish. Waiters deliver professional service and
informed opinions 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.