Italian: Sophia’s

For more than 15 years, Sophia’s, the sister restaurant of local favorite Addison’s, has served hearty Italian food in an upscale yet low-key environment. Sophia’s is as popular for its brunch as it is for best-selling dinner-menu items, including Gruyère-baked mushrooms, chicken modiga, and spicy chicken and sausage penne. (Photo by Aaron Ottis)

Sophia’s, sophiascomo.com

» Runners-Up: Babbo’s Spaghetteria, babbosspaghetteria.com, AND The Pasta Factory, thepastafactorymo.com