Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
This sprawling 66-year-old restaurant, housed in a historic stucco building and fronted with a large patio, delights guests with its warm hospitality. Pre-dinner cocktails in the rustic Mecca Lounge are a must, followed by dinner in one of the funky red-velvet booths or at one of the sleek tables. Roasted olives served in a cast-iron skillet make a fine prelude to the organic wood-grilled veal chop, the rich meat balanced with lemony anchovy-based spaghettini. Fish is good here too; try the pan-seared Atlantic salmon stuffed with herby goat cheese. There’s live music most weekends.
City: El Paso