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Stefano

Most other Italian restaurants in town (including Carmine's) stick to the mainstream of Rome, Tuscany or Lombardy. But Stefano focuses on the foods of his native Veneto, the northeast corner of Italy that lies inland from Venice. Many of the ingredients he uses -- the meats, cheese and wine -- come from this fertile agricultural region, as do the recipes that he has adapted from the hearty, meat-based diet of his ancestors.