Best Outdoor Dining - 2011
There are, generally, two types of good outdoor dining: the leafy green oases, and the sidewalk tables that are ideal for seeing and being seen. It's a rare restaurant that manages to combine the two — which brings us to Bar Italia. Located barely a stone's throw from one of the busiest pedestrian hotspots in the city, the Euclid/Maryland nexus, there's great people watching from the street-side high tops and modern orange couches along the perimeter. But if you're feeling romantic, the quieter corners of Bar Italia's lush garden of a patio won't fail to delight. Graceful old trees provide shade and privacy; the mellow hum of grown-up conversation is the only soundtrack. There's a small outdoor bar, too, for alfresco solo dining.