Rosebud's theater district outpost is perhaps the least known restaurant in its Italian empire, and tenants of the Three First National Plaza hope that word of their power-lunch locale doesn't spread fast enough to ruin its gem-like ambiance.
During the day, nine-to-fivers feast on office gossip and hearty pastas in the handsome dining room, which features dark wood and peach accents. After 5 p.m., downtown tourists and the pre-theater crowd pour in for classic choices like the Chicken Vesuvio, which put Rosebud on Taylor on the map in the 1980s. Servers favor the original "square noodle" homemade cavatelli and pasta with a decadent vodka sauce, and greens-lovers rave about the Rosebud Chopped Salad, overflowing with shrimp, chicken, cucumbers, roasted peppers and mixed greens.
Those in the know are aware that free delivery is offered for tenants of Three First National Plaza. Eclectic appetizers are offered weekdays from 4-7 p.m.
Average cost: $31+
Centerstage Reviewer: Robin Wright