This cozy, chic trattoria encourages lingering. At FiAmma, you'll want to sit near the undulating sculptural wave wall in front of the glass-enclosed, blazing fireplace, a nod to the restaurant's name, which means "flame" in Italian. The menu isn't as contemporary as the décor, but it updates old-school Italian faves. Spaghetti comes with Kobe meatballs, raviolini is stuffed with short ribs and splashed with Barbera wine sauce and sprinkled with pecorino romano, and gnocchi become puffs of lobster instead of potato. If you're not in the mood for pasta, choose entrées like the roasted Petaluma chicken or brasato (Piemontese braised beef short ribs). Be sure to leave room for the Italian desserts. Cheesecake gelato and basil-lime sorbetto give fresh alternatives to the usual flavors, but a real treat is crocchette, crispy amaretti doughnuts that come with a trio of dunking sauces: chocolate ganache, vanilla bean glaze and strawberry jam. If you can't eat another bite, opt for a glass of Italian wine and huddle in front of the fireplace.

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