I was in Las Cruces, NM for work and was taken to dinner at the Si Italian Bistro. Wow! It was one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever gone to in the US. It's family owned and very delicious! I highly recommend going there if you are ever in that area. I would have never thought that you could get great Italian in New Mexico, but I've been proved wrong! Everything about our meal was amazing--risotto, lasagna, eggplant pasta and tortellini. They are known for their tiramisu so I had to try it as that is one of my favorite desserts of all time! It did not disappoint--it had a perfect balance of coffee flavor and cocoa and was very delicious. The portion was so huge I think it was meant for 4 people! I especially liked the way they decorated my plate with the outline of forks in cocoa. All in all this place is amazing! I will surely go back again!
I went to Alma de Cuba with about 10 friends when I was in Philly. Yes I know Morimoto and Alma de Cuba, but hey two good nights of food was a gift to myself for Christmas. We had a blast and spent about $650! The food was generous, the service was outstanding and the ambiance was great! The ceviche sampler was really a great place to start. The drinks were creative and tasty. I ordered the roasted pork and wow that was a lot of food. I think 3-4 people would be fine with just one dish. One of my friends got the tuna skewered with sugar cane. We called it tuna popsicles--it was very good. All of the fish dishes we ordered were outstanding that I sampled. I highly recommend this place if you are in Philly anytime soon. You will enjoy the experience and the food immensely!
Sorry for the iPhone photos!