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Chianti’s is a date place. Dazzling desserts (check out the halved mini pineapple with sorbet) and precious appetizers, such as the artfully arranged smoked salmon or the shrimp and scallops served in an emerald-green basil pesto sauce, are served by a somber, not-quite-stuffy staff. Beautifully arranged plates inspire amorous appetites in the cozy dining room. Entrées of veal scallopini or fresh halibut float on tangles of angel hair pasta soaked in a buttery piccata-style sauce. The menu is huge—too big, really. With so many Italian restaurants within a block, Chianti’s might do better stressing a few romantic, housemade dishes. The wine list, with tempting by-the-glass options from Chianti and the Livermore Valley, seduces like perfume. Lunch and dinner daily.
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