Tuscany's cheerful decor and prompt, delightful service and casual atmosphere make it an excellent choice for post-work dinner, quiet conversation or a simple meal that will satisfy everyone in a group, from the gourmand to the picky chain-restaurant fan. Tuscany's yellow walls feature painted street scenes of its namesake, the Italian region famous for its breads and wines and its subdued lighting gives it a homey feel, as does the paper-topped tables.
The food offers a lively take on Italian pastas, pizzas and entrees. Try the pear ravioli or the rigatoni with goat cheese and walnuts. Both offer sweet, modern twists on classic Italian restaurant standbys.
The service at Tuscany is attentive and prompt, particularly during slow periods. The black-clad staff refills glasses often, keeps the bread basket filled and even crushes the roasted garlic that accompanies the basket.
While its cheery, bright atmosphere may not turn Tuscany into a romantic hotspot, it can be a fine place for a blind or first date. It may be a safe choice, but it's a choice that will allow you to actually hear what your date has to say. And if things go badly, at least you'll go home with a belly full of delicious food.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Stephanie Kuenn