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play Around Town Dining Hotspots A taste of what Madison���s got cookin��� Photo by Chris Hynes The ever-changing maze of local resTasty Tuscany taurants can either leave you ready This month, L���Etoile to hit the town���or feeling overwill offer a special dinner that lets you sip and savor a whelmed. To help, we���ve whipped red wine-focused menu with up a quick guide to some of the offerings from some of Tustrendiest eateries around, whethcany���s greatest wine regions. er you���re craving fancy fare, comMarch 26, 6:30 p.m. Visit fort food, or dinner served with a Steenbock���s on Orchard swanky cocktail. When you���re ready for an adventure, A Pig in a Fur Coat offers an array of meat-infused pickings. From duck fat fries to poutine, this is not your average restaurant. If upscale (and sometimes historically in���uenced) eats inspired by the season pique your taste buds, then Steenbock���s on Orchard has the table for you. Or head to Forequarter, with an ever-changing menu focused on seasonal foods, there���s always something new to try. Or leave the Midwest behind and sample ocean fare with a selection of oysters at Tempest Oyster Bar. If you���d rather cozy up with casual fare, look no further than downtown���s DLUX. Serving up burgers with uncommon toppings in a swanky space, you���ll see that old standby in a new light. For more classic comfort food with a twist, pull up a chair at Alchemy and nosh on its Americanainspired delights. Or indulge on any of the unique slices found at S2 Pizza Bar, a newer pizza joint opened by the owner of Ian���s Pizza. When you���re looking to sip drinks as good as the food, head to Merchant, where mixologists concoct imaginative cocktails along with delicate fare. Or peruse the largest Spanish wine selection in the city while working your way through tasty tapas at The Icon. For ever-popular bars with an elegant atmosphere and elegant eats, drink in the bistro environment at Eno Vino, or find your cosmopolitan side at Opus Lounge, an intimate martini bar. ���Kelsey Bewick March 2013 55

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