Paella Valenciana at Julian Serrano

The baked Spanish rice casserole called paella has been badly abused in this city, until now. Serrano, a Madrid native, is the chef at the highly acclaimed Picasso, and he knows his Spanish cuisine. His eponymous restaurant at Aria does it right. This one, redolent of saffron, is stocked with rabbit, chicken and chorizo, a tribute to authenticity. $40, In Aria, 590-7111,

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