Everyone seems to know everyone and greet each other with a peck on the cheek at this second-floor eatery, part lively tapas bar, part sit-down, candlelit restaurant. On the tapas side, the bar wraps around the kitchen area where a small army of cooks prepare your food. You'll strain to see as they set out each new tapas plate—perhaps some duck prosciutto or prawns and sweet potato in wasabi sauce—and be tempted to say, "I want one of those." The restaurant half of
Cicciolina is much more subdued, with homemade pastas and delicious selections of fish, meat, and poultry dishes, not to mention a nice wine list. You can order off the restaurant menu in the tapas bar, but not the other way around. Note that, while not required, reservations are very strongly encouraged and available only through the website.