THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Allegro
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Allegro Restaurant Review: THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS CLOSED Allegro, meaning "lively," is a restaurant that's the very soul of Milanese modern, with clean, crisp design; low, romantic but still usable lighting; and a surround of glass enveloped in a green, leafy bower in spring and summer. It is also a restaurant in which one may easily carry on a conversation at the table. Chef José Rego sources ingredients from Italy's heart: Tuscany, Umbria and the Marche. The entire pasta section---where the smarts of the kitchen shows---is offered by the half portion; this size makes a respectable light supper main dish. We like the house-made burrata, served cool against warm ripe tomatoes and micro-basil. Carpacci here go beyond beef to include scallops thinly sliced and served with capers, radishes, celery and red onion. Chef Rego invites vegetarians (including vegans) to challenge him; try the white lasagna, a gossamer-thin crêpe enfolding spinach and ricotta cheese, and served with beciamella, wild mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Hearty appetites will go for the braised boneless short ribs or any of the fish dishes, each with an appropriate accompaniment. Hold out for tiramisu for dessert. The wine list is nearly all-Italian, and the by-the-glass choices, served in excellent glassware, offer enough to match any dish on the menu. Go ahead and order espresso, but don't expect the lemon zest trick. Not here. This is the real deal.