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Clearly Piva is offering something New West was waiting for—unique, accessible independent restaurants in its cozy downtown core—because when I walked in without a dinner reservation, my only options were a high top in the lounge or a seat at the bar.
Luckily, their sparkling, sky-high liquor shelves and marble topped bar are easy on the eyes.
The first sip of the night is the Bagpipes in My Ferrari (Glenmorangie, Disaronno, smoke and oak bitters), a dangerously smooth, scotch-based cocktail, and the first bite is of a classic Margherita pizza.
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I order a chocolate chip Pazookie: a giant cookie, baked in a cast iron pan and served a la mode, and enjoy the cool evening air on the deck.