I'm getting married next month, and I'm trying to choose a restaurant for a dinner out with my fiance's and my immediate families two nights before the wedding (a Thursday). We're having the rehearsal dinner at CAV, so I'd like to choose somewhere else. We live in SF and are not as up-to-date on the Providence restaurant scene.
I used to love Al Forno, but I gather from the boards that it isn't what it used to be. Some of the recommendations I've gotten include: New Rivers, The Dorrance, Gracie's, and La Laiterie. We like innovative food and farm-to-table. Because it will be a big group, excellent service is important. A lovely atmosphere would be nice, too (this is one of the things I remember liking about Al Forno). I'm leaning toward "new American" cuisine, but a great Italian dinner would be welcome, too.
What do you recommend?