Sofia Bistro just opened 2 weeks ago in University Place on 27th and it's an auspicious beginning. Since it's so new I've only been there once, but it impressed with food (especially) but also decor and service. It's a small place, that has been a wine bar in a previous incarnation. It's food could be described as New American, though that doesn't tell us much except for using good raw materials well and not having a special theme, such as Italian. I had a salmon cake, a wonderful cheese plate (including Humboldt Fog), and a delicious potato/bacon soup. The wine list seems to be intelligently designed and reasonably priced. Everything I had was good or great, but now for the necessary cavil section: the bread seemed kind of heavy, and if memory serves there was only 1 Oregon pinot on the wine list. Wine glasses were good but not Reidels. I encourage other people to support this worthy local effort, and to post their views as well. The closest restaurant I know to this in Tacoma is Il Fiasco, but I thought Sofia Bistro did a better job in meeting its culinary goals.