I think Areo in Bay Ridge is one of the best italian places in the city. Everything is wonderful! They have a pasta dish with a light red sauce and lots of seafood that they bake in tin foil that is amazing. Also great portobello mushroom appetizer, great steaks and veal. Areo is better than all of the new Brooklyn places. It will transport you to a modern Italian restaurant in Rome. It's worth the trip from Brownstone Brooklyn!!