POINTS OF INTEREST
Executive chef Marco Festini Cromer whips up contemporary Italian cuisine at The House's beachfront restaurant, a chic outpost of the London eatery of the same name. Grilled yellow-fin tuna becomes "modern Italian" when combined with spicy chickpeas and peperonata (stewed peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic). Perfectly prepared melanzane (eggplant) and zucchini alla parmigiana is a delicious starter; a half portion of risotto with porcini mushrooms, green beans, and Parma ham is fabulously rich; and branzino (sea bass) in salt crust with buttered potatoes and tartare sauce is a sublime main course. There's even a gluten-free dinner menu and a "summer special" prix-fixe menu ($50, $60 with dessert). The extensive wine list features both regional Italian and fine French selections.