Roma Sandwich at Roma Deli

With a range of Italian products on hand as well as freshly baked bread, this deli by day and restaurant by night makes a compelling case to be the “most authentic Italian experience outside of Italy.” The venue’s signature sandwich is made with domestic prosciutto, mozzarella and roasted peppers. $12, 5755 Spring Mountain Road, 871-5577.

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By Marvin Lucas

It might seem like a stretch to call a bowl of pasta “elegant,” but Scarpetta’s tomato and basil spaghetti is an unquestionably sophisticated dish. “Something as simple as spaghetti with tomato-basil [sauce], if you can do that right, it really speaks volumes,” chef Scott Conant says. “Inherent simplicity—that’s what’s elegant about it.” And Scarpetta sells about 2,000 plates of Conant’s legendary tomato and basil spaghetti every month.