The following are capsule reviews of some of the better restaurants recently visited by our critics:
It overlooks the picture-perfect Ventura Harbor, but you don't have to be a tourist to enjoy Lorenzoni's. The sweet baked goodies have a signature of their own, and the cappuccinos come in a myriad of flavors. Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches fill out the menu. Try the Lombardo special, a wonderful California "melt," with fresh tomatoes covered with melted mozzarella. Lorenzoni's is at 1575 Spinnaker in the Ventura Harbor. (805) 658-2228. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lunch or dinner for two, food only, $12 to $20.
The magic at Pane e Vino is called authenticity. It's one of Santa Barbara's most successful--and most crowded--Italian restaurants. Try the bresaola con rucola , thin rounds of dry-cured beef with arugula and onions, drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette. There's a fdifferent soup and rustic risotto served every day. Pastas run about $8 to $9. One of the best is bucatini , thin strands of spaghetti with big slivers of sweet onions and a fine, very spicy sauce. Pane e Vino is at 1482 E. Valley Road, Montecito. (805) 969-2274. Lunch and dinner are served Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; dinner only Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. Lunch or dinner for two, food only, $30 to $60.