One of the most-anticipated local restaurant openings in recent memory, Esther’s Kitchen has brought handcrafted Italian cuisine to Downtown. The fantastic pastas are made in-house, from substantial bucatini to puffy gnocchi. There are plenty of seasonal dishes with produce, from spaghetti squash and mushrooms to parsnips and beets, as well as fresh seafood choices like yellowtail crudo. Succulent meat entreés include free-range chicken roasted under a brick and toothsome porchetta. The house tomato sauce and meatballs are both excellent. The advanced mixology program is scratch, too.