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Piva 1 A packed house is the norm at new­comer Piva, lo­cated on the ground floor of the Anvil Cen­tre. There, the open decor matches the mod­ern menu, which puts a fresh spin on Ital­ian dishes, among them duck and fig wood-fired pizza, wild boar and morel mush­room meat­balls, and beet and kale salad, as well as veg­gie and ve­gan op­tions.

Free­bird 2 Chef An­gus An dishes up two types of street-style roasted chicken by the quar­ter, half and whole at this popular take­out spot. The se­cret? The roasted chicken is mar­i­nated in co­conut milk, fish sauce, gar­lic and soy sauce; the Hainanese chicken is salted for two days and poached, then heated on a ro­tis­serie to draw out the broth.

El Santo 3 Con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can food made from lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, rea­son­able prices and a fresh in­te­rior have made El Santo one of New West’s main hotspots, and a Bronze win­ner for Best Latin at this year’s Restau­rant Awards. Make sure to try the sal­sas, made the tra­di­tional way—by dry-roast­ing the in­gre­di­ents—and the tasty cock­tails.

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