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Saute Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: In tough times or boom years, the restaurants that flourish are those that can serve a variety of purposes, from after-work hangout to big-date venue. Sauté is one of these, a classy chameleon with a relaxed-yet-polished vibe and food that ventures from pizza and wings to elegant fine-dining creations. While the former are very good --- those wings are house-smoked --- we like the lower price-point items most for helping subsidize the more soigné fare. The light fare list, which includes pulled-duck nachos and mussels with truffle-Parmesan fries, is temptingly eclectic, and the contemporary American dishes, from diver scallops to a center-cut pork chop with pomegranate, Brussels sprouts, apple wood-smoked bacon and smoked Gouda mashed potatoes, are uniformly well prepared. The bar and dining room are handsome in a cool, sexy, masculine way --- “Mad Men” gone modern.