The girlfriend's favorite food is Italian, and I'd like to take her out for finishing another round of grad school finals. She lives near downtown, so I was hoping for something in that area. However:
1. We are both poor, so alas, no Drago Centro. (Ideally I'd take her to Mozza every night. I have dreams of the whole hog dinner!)
2. I grew up in New England, so I'm haunted by memories of mediocre Red Sauce Italian. I feel like in the Tri-State area of 10-30 years ago, the only dining-out options people knew of were Chinese food (yep, I've seen the discussions on here about the search for East Coast Egg Rolls) or a never-ending choice of uninteresting spaghetti and meatball dinners. As a result, I'd love to find somewhere with more variety, or at least more authenticity; i.e., a bolognese sauce with ground beef, pork, veal, carrots, wine, cream, etc. as opposed to a restaurant version of spaghetti and meat sauce from the cafeteria at school growing up.
Once again, I am much obliged!
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