Set on the upper floor of the golf clubhouse, on the manicured grounds of the also-recommended hotel, this restaurant became one of the most vibrant and talked-about Italian restaurants in Bermuda shortly after its inauguration during the post-Hurricane Fabian rebuilding of the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Its staff describes it as "Italian with passion," thanks to excellent food and a decor that incorporates striking tones of red, black, yellow, and pastels; a bar that's especially busy with espresso and after-dinner-drink lovers late in the evening; and a view that sweeps down over the golf course to the sea. Although it's elegant and fun for everyone, including couples looking for solitude, it's one of the only eateries within the Fairmont Southampton Resort that's specifically designated as family-friendly, and as such, especially earlier during dinner hours, it tends to attract goodly numbers of parents with teenaged and younger children in tow. The chef prepares some of the best and most raved-about spaghetti carbonara and lasagna on the island, a sumptuous version of osso buco, several types of simply grilled fresh fish (red snapper in parchment with capers and tomatoes is delicious), acclaimed versions of rib-eye steaks that are served over beds of risotto, and vegetarian dishes such as risotto with wild mushrooms and truffles. The restaurant's name, incidentally, translates from the Piemontese dialect as "quick and friendly kisses."
- © Frommer's 2013