On a rainy evening, duck into this tiny little restaurant on lower King Street and settle in the cool, mellow dining room. The dark walls and small tables are well suited for a romantic evening fueled by Italian red wine (we like the Super Tuscan) and red sauce. Try the wild boar bowl served with cannellini beans and tomato sauce over pappardelle pasta or play it safe with some penne pasta in a light cream sauce. If you prefer a more bustling scene, il Cortile delivers that too. The big bar in front is a great place for some Italian cheese and maybe a glass of chilled Gavi di Gavi. The room opens right onto King Street so you can take in the action without too much effort. Whatever you’re in the mood for, il Cortile is there to suit your style, no pressure. When King Street closes down for the popular Second Sundays, they set tables up outside for lunch. —Stephanie Barna
Dish (Winter 2014)
A wine bar with food in the Italian tradition served in a relaxed, European style.
Features: Outdoor Dining, Dinner
Hours: Dinner, Wed-Sun. Lunch on Second Sundays.