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Americatus New-World Italian Restaurant Review: At this endearing, forty-seat restaurant in Ballpark, chef-owner Iain Chisholm turns out handcrafted, new-world Italian cuisine from an open galley, where just about everything, including the cheeses and unassailable pastas, is house-made. During daytime hours, Americatus is a congenial gathering place to lunch on a sandwich (we're partial to the capocollo with creamy ricotta, arugula and olive oil), while dinner morphs into a romantic candlelit affair that encourages coupling. Chisholm's seasonally-intensive menu changes weekly, but past successes have included braised rabbit with rainbow kale and house-cured bacon; an earthy beet salad tangled with pickled fennel and arugula; and tortellini tossed with broccolini, artichokes and ricotta. Original, abstract artwork and reclaimed wooden tables and benches bedeck the brick-walled space, which also boasts a communal table that doubles as a conversation stage between friends and strangers, most of whom share stories over a glass of wine from the small and affordable list. Desserts, which can also be shared, trumpet, among other sweet finishes, a chocolate-and-ricotta cannoli. Bonus: On Thursday nights, Chisholm offers a $60 multi-course menu for two, inclusive of wine.