Best of Boston

1998 Best Lunch, Elegant

Cafe Louis

We thought we had lost this place after Michael Schlow split. But it’s back with a vengeance. The folks from Providence’s Al Forno have moved in and spruced up. You’ll find soothing pale green walls with cream and chrome accents, a nifty little bar (for the liquid-lunch types), and contemporary Italian food that consistently hits the spot. Here’s a hint: share the shoe-string potatoes or you’ll still be working on them by dinner time.

Louis Boston, 234 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-266-4680,