This Thursday the SO and I will be in town for a meeting at the Colony Club in the early evening, with just light appetizers and wine expected at the event. I'm looking for any recommendations for us to catch a modest-sized late lunch or dinner in the area, most preferably Italian and something a little unique/especially good for the area. Since our timing is a little uncertain it would have to be somewhere we wouldn't need to make reservations, although sitting at the bar as a walk-in is totally fine (as we did a while back at Sfoglia, which we loved). Would also prefer somewhere we can get out the door spending say no more than $150-175 for a couple glasses of wine or cocktails and a satisfying meal - maybe 2 starters, 2 pastas, something like that.
I was considering Bottega del Vino as the SO is a freak for really outstanding espresso and cappuccino, but wasn't sure that was our best bet in the area (or might seriously blow the budget).