Monticelli's is fantastic. Fresh Italian food made with care, like you might find in South Philly but with a city atmosphere. Yes, it used to suffer from poor management, but that seems to have changed sine the new folks came. Casual and sophisticated, with live music and a staff and regular patrons that remembers you. Sure, restaurant week kept me--a regular--out. But that's because restaurant week people don't know dining. Sorry.
Pros: rich, hearty food, friendly bar, live music
Cons: $$$, easily missed