Editors' pick

Faccia Luna Trattoria

Italian, Pizza
$$$$ ($14 and under)

Editorial Review

The interior feels like the inside of a toasty oven, with the brick booths offering a nice sense of privacy. The cinnamon- and sienna-colored walls are covered with framed black-and-white posters.

The booths are filled with well-turned-out suburban hipsters in their twenties and thirties.

There's a reason everyone's having the pizza. The crust is light and thin, and the ingredients fresh. Have it with a glass of the surprisingly good house white wine or one of the restaurant's 30 kinds of beer -- ranging from the hard-to-find, California-brewed Red Tail Ale to good old Rolling Rock.

Try the spicy, cream-based vodka sauce, made with peas and served over linguine.

Faccia Luna is the perfect place for a first date: romantic atmosphere (posters of people kissing) and privacy (those high-backed booths). And it's open late, so you can linger if you want, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere over a hard cider or a beer.

Faccia Luna is a chain that doesn't feel like one. It started out in Pennsylvania as a Penn State hangout, and while this branch doesn't bear much resemblance to a college pizza joint, it hasn't forgotten its roots.

-- Amanda Lenhart