I'm looking for a somewhat romantic restaurant with excellent food for my boyfriend's birthday on Saturday. We'll be having the Chowhound Oriental Pearl lunch the next day so Asian food is out. His favorites are steaks and Italian -- last year we did Dan Tana's, which he liked, but this year I'd like to find someplace with more interesting dishes for me. I can't spend more than $100 for the two of us including a bit of wine.
Looking at the menu at Angelini Osteria, it seems like it could end up being quite expensive, plus I've heard it can be loud. I would have loved to take him to Chianti Ristorante, but it is gone... So I guess the question is, what is the very best food you can think of at a mid-priced restaurant, between Beverly Hills and Pasadena?