LEXINGTON DINING GUIDE / 35 Bella Notte $$ L D V G Homemade bread with extra virgin olive oil produced exclusively for Bella Notte by the Rodolico family of Florence provides an excellent authentic touch for this Italian trattoria.Expect pasta dishes,wood-fire grilled meats, pizzas and more using fresh and local ingredients.Ask to sit under the tree! 3715 Nicholasville Road – (859) 245-1789 – bellalexington.com The Blue Heron Steakhouse $$$ D A handcrafted cocktail bar turned charming steakhouse on Lexington’s happening Jefferson Street.Choose from an array of steakhouse classics— like their cooked-to-perfection porterhouse—or indulge in southern fare like locally-raised fried chicken and fresh oysters.A two-sided wood burning fireplace cozies up the inside of this renovated historic home. 185 Jefferson Street – (859) 254-2491 – blueheronsteakhouse.com Distilled $$$ B L D V Chef MarkWombles and team’s creation specializes in farm-to-table fare, incorporating an artful and elevated approach to southern cuisine.The establishment removes all unnecessary ingredients from fine dining, leaving only the artistic expression of food. 120West Second Street – (859) 255-0002 – distilledatgratzparkinn.com Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano & Bar $$ L D V Tucked away in a quiet tree-lined cove,Giussepe’s offers traditional and nouveau Italian cuisine as slow jazz sets the mood.Passionately made pasta dishes,fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks stand out on the menu,as does an extensive wine collection.The intimate setting is perfect for date nights,special occasions or relaxed family gatherings. 4456 Nicholasville Road – (859) 272-4269 – giuseppeslexington.com DATE NIGHT 51 52 53 50