Change suits Il Posto: In the year since it relocated from Uptown to RiNo, it's become a neighborhood anchor, and owner Andrea Frizzi has embraced his role as Larimer Street's unofficial mayor. This new address has a decidedly upscale vibe, with upstairs tables that overlook the skyline and a fine-dining-worthy menu that prioritizes precision and authenticity, with a wine list to match. Frizzi is an exuberant Italian, and his loud enthusiasm infuses Il Posto with a boisterous charm that encourages indulgence; you could bring a mid-day business meeting here (the lunch deal is great, by the way) and accidentally end up day-drunk and rosy-cheeked, with Frizzi settling into your booth for a chat. The hospitality is a key component in Il Posto's recipe for success, and it's also what makes this spot one of the best in the city for a date.
Readers' Choice: Rioja