What can be said about SPQR that hordes of prattling food scribes have not? Hidden among the high-end Fillmore Street retailers, this quintessential Italian bistro is decorated with one Michelin star. 7x7 senior editor Leilani Marie Labong and I recently braved the recent (and flaccid) stormageddon to find out why.
The first time I walked off the street into Japantown's Bushi-tei, it was just to take a closer look at the majestic, live-edge communal table that almost fills up the entire street-level dining room. A glance upstairs revealed irregular, Hobbit-like slabs of wood lining the walls. Another look down popped with pairs of whittled wood spindles, serving as the most delicate of chopsticks on each table. I had to come back.