Crispy Baked Mozzarella at Union

Officially debuting May 12, Union’s new small-plates menu features seven fun, shareable items, including this ooey-gooey wonder. A generous slab of mozzarella is coated in perfectly salted Parmesan-garlic breadcrumbs and baked until the thin shell can just barely contain the molten deliciousness. Laid down in a pool of spicy red tomato sauce, the little rectangle is now ready to crack open. Union’s chewy house bread is the ideal delivery system for the melty cheese and for daubing up any remaining drops of sauce. $17, in Aria, 693-8300, LightGroup.com.

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Salt Selection at Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria

Presented to each table, the salt selection is an added touch that helps the popular local joint stand out. The most noticeable is the gray Salish salt imported from Washington state; the smokey flavor complements grilled meat. The Murray River Australian pink salt is light and buttery and performs best sprinkled on fish and vegetables. The most traditional of the trio is the all-natural Maldon white salt from Essex, England. Complimentary, 1031 S Rampart Blvd., 940-6672, NorasWineBar.com.

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