January 3, 2001
Except for a couple of large steak restaurants, the restaurants on Elgin Street offering fares from Japan and much of Asia to South America to Europe all share one characteristic. They are very cozy, and therefore very homey. In this crowd, Fresco, a cozy Italian restaurant, stands out because of the large mural of Tuscan mountains in the back wall, which I swear draws in passerbys, who then forms the line outside the restaurant. The first night I walked by, the restaurant was full, so I put my name on the list for the next night. The atmosphere inside the restaurant lives up to the promise of the mural--it is lively, and the waitstaff is very attentive, and knowledgeable about the dizzying choices of pasta sauces. The veal is excellent, and be sure to ask the waitstaff to recommend a choice of wine. The one our waitress chose for us went extremely well with our dishes.
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