Looking for a real nice place within reasonable driving distance if not closer. Italian (not a red sauce joint), something ecelectic, or maybe a little of both. We love coming here and hope someday to be officially transplanted. To give you some idea of where we have been and our tastes:
Lyceum, Salem: Generally good, but erratic
Wild Horse Cafe, Beverly: Had potential, great beer, may go back
Bella Verona, Salem: Mediocre at best
Old Spot, Salem: Love it for snack and beer/wine, but not dinner
LoGrassos, Rockport: OK food, nice people, BYOB a +
Cygnet, Beverly: Very nice, been a few times
Finz, Salem: We like, esp. when seated outdoors
Strega, Salem: Been there once and enjoyed, but unusual atmosphere
In A Pig's Eye, Salem: Poor food on a Mexican night, wanted to like but alas....
Tavern On The Green(Hawthorne), Salem: Pretty bad, had to order the children's pizza
To name as many as I can remember at the moment. I hope this helps. Any and all recommendations would be appreciated.