FOOD & DRINK: 9/10
The Constantine restaurant draws a crowd from all over town, lured by admired chef Craig Hardy’s clever mix of Italian and Middle Eastern fare. The huge open kitchen is on full display, practically in the middle of the room, anchored by a grill and pizza oven (both wood-fired). Expect things like pumpkin kibbeh stuffed with feta, grilled halloumi on Italian fritters, lamb sausage pizza and duck kofte, along with gorgeous handmade pastas and sumptuous meats. The bar mixes smart cocktails and serves shareable menu items. Things like ocean trout lox on hand-rolled Montreal bagels, a bacon and bitter greens frittata, and lemon-ricotta buttermilk pancakes help elevate a varied breakfast menu.