I want to take my husband to dinner for his birthday, and we had a fail at a recent Italian restaurant (must've been an off-night for Dell-Anima). I want to go to one of the big, visually impressive places, but they all seem to have limited pastas (Scarpetta, Del Posto). I'm looking for something like Babbo, which we loved a few years ago, but I don't know that I can get a reservation in a week (it has to be for this upcoming Friday or Saturday, otherwise I'll be going into the hospital to give birth to our first child!).
He prefers the more classic pastas to the innovative ones, too.