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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Seared Sea Scallops at Vintner Grill

Executive chef Matthew Silverman has a way with marine bivalves. For his seared sea scallop entrée, Silverman uses fresh U-10 Diver scallops from Portland, Maine. They are crusted in coriander seed and black pepper, and then pan-roasted with olive oil to give them a good sear. They are finished with a little butter, fresh herbs and dried arbol chilies. But what happens after that changes with the seasons. “During the winter time, I like to do a risotto with them, sometimes using butternut squash,” Silverman says.