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"Intangibles?": Delfina, Incanto, Oliveto, Quince


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"Intangibles?": Delfina, Incanto, Oliveto, Quince

MSPD | | Dec 10, 2007 09:15 AM

Business in mid-January and my wife is joining me.

I've tried to do my due diligence. Judging from reports, menus, websites, etc. it looks like the above named places are the kinds of places I'm seeking and all offer reasonably similar format and price point. However, there's only so much you can glean from the websites.

Is there any reason to choose one of the above over the others? We have three kids under five years-old and we don't get to sink into a dining room chair, relax and linger over a great meal very often. Food is primary concern -- not so much about wine. Transportation is not an issue.

I'm looking for those "intangibles" only local knowledge can share -- anything from appropriate noise level (not that loud is necessarily bad...just don't want to feel stressed or rushed by waiting crowds), comfortably spaced tables, servers savvy enough to look into our eyes, recognize that they tell a tale of lives way too harried and sleepless and guide us through a relaxing and magical evening of cuisine.

Please elaborate which has the qualities to make for the most relaxing and satisfying evening. Thank you for any help!

(Also, as Chowhounds are wont to do, I would certainly listen to alternatives but ask that you filter out the highest-end places. I picked these four because they offer a wide variety of interest and approachable price range).