We’ve been big fans of Don Ciccio (pronounced “Chitcho”) ever since it moved here four years ago. The main draw is the hearty, tasty Sicilian trattoria fare, but the lively atmosphere and friendly service always make for a fun evening out. On summer nights, the three outdoor veranda tables are in hot demand, despite being right at sidewalk level. Don Ciccio remains as popular now as it was in 2007, when we featured it in this column. You’ll need to reserve well ahead.
There’s no mistaking what Marzac has to offer. If the cheerful sign showing silhouettes of a pig, a sheep, a duck and a dancing rooster aren’t enough, then the English slogan underneath will do the trick: ” ‘Confit’ and wine make us happy.” It’s a great combination, even if, strictly speaking, the meat is just straight charcoal-grilled, not prepared as confit. No mistake with the wine, though: The walls are lined with bottles, starting from a very reasonable ¥2,400.