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The owners of Borgo Italia say they’ve sought to create the kind of unpretentious, well-rooted, family-run trattoria that you find everywhere in the Italian countryside — a place serving cucina casalinga, or simple home cooking. It’s the kind of thing every Italian restaurateur talks about, but there is a ring of authenticity here. And even though the carb-heavy menu is somewhat inconsistent, what’s good is really good. Standouts include the torta fritta emiliana — ravioli-shaped squares of puffy fried dough that turn out to be the perfect vehicle for cured meats — and risotto that’s cooked the proper Italian way. Most importantly, don’t sleep on pastry chef Franco Camboli’s creamy, not-too-sweet wares: doughnut-like ciambelli; rich, eggy panna cotta; and some of the best tiramisu in town.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards

Breakfast is pastries and espresso drinks only.

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