Basilica & Passon's this past weekend--Good Stuff!
Thanks for all the posters who responded to my inquiries. We had the opportunity to try both of these this past weekend. The food & service were great.
At Basilica, we arrived around 6:30pm on Saturday night and somehow managed to get a table. We went straight for the entrees. I ordered the gnocchi with mozzarella, basil and fresh tomatoes and my wife had the risotto special--which that night was with chicken, walnuts and raisins. Both were very good. Had a nice (and nicely priced) bottle of Pinot Noir with it. Great stuff.
We went to Roberto Passon's after going to a show on Sunday evening. We got there at around 6:30pm and had no trouble being seated. We shared an appetizer special of grilled squid with grilled veggies (leeks, sweet potato, zucchini). For entrees, had the whole branzino baked in a salt crust (incredibly flaky and moist fish) and my wife had the green goat cheese and scallion tortellini served with a light marinara. Our daughter got the ziti in bolognese sauce...which we helped her finish. We shared a nice bottle of Nero d'Avola. I'll admit I had some reluctance after reading a recent review that said the service was poor, but we didn't experience anything like that, nor did anyone else in the restaurant seem to be having a problem.
While Basilica scored higher in charm and cozyness, Passon's had a more adventurous menu. I'd recommend both.