Best Outdoor Dining


Acero is one of the best Italian restaurants in town, and the small bank of outdoor seating on the patio is one of the best spots to enjoy eating al fresco on a breezy summer evening. The white lights and well-placed greenery make it a simple, unassuming spot, great for a date or catching up with friends over a few glasses of wine. Watch the comings and goings of downtown Maplewood while you feast on grass-fed rib eye with potato puree, roasted mushrooms, foie butter and red wine. The indoor space is equally spare and elegant, but sit outside while you still can — and order the egg raviolo while you're at it. As the sun begins to sink, wind down the night with salumi, wine and cheese, and you'll have officially seized the night by the horns.

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