We went to Tappo Friday night . . . we started with bread topped with ham and tomatoes, which was excellent, and lamb carpaccio, which was quite tasty, but was teensy-weensy. We weren't starving, so we had pasta entrees . . . I had ravioli in butter with zucchini blossoms, which had a nice bitter edge to it, and my husband had pasta with half a lobster and red sauce, which was also excellent. The only real trouble with our meal was that everything came so quickly that we felt compelled to order dessert--roasted fruit, which, that night, was rhubarb--which was very flavorful and had a crust that I couldn't quite figure out. Service was extremely professional, bill very reasonable.
Saturday night to Alias . . . I had the skate fish cake to start, which was good, but not as good as the lamb spareribs my husband ordered . . . I won the entree wars, however, with head-on shrimp over a black rice cake (could have used more of the stewed veggies that dotted my plate), although my husband's smoked pork was excellent (the sides just weren't as good as my rice cake). We split cinammon custard with avacado brulee for dessert, which was excellent, although I'm not sure what the avocado added, flavorwise. Alias was actually the rare restaurant where the entrees were tastier than the appetizers.
FYI on Alias--we had a hard time getting a last-minute reservation at a reasonable hour, but there were open tables and bar stools the entire time that we were there, so I'm sure walking in would be fine.