credit; volterrarestaurant.com/events.htmlAmid the hustle of Ballard Ave., Volterra is tucked back from

credit; volterrarestaurant.com/events.htmlAmid the hustle of Ballard Ave., Volterra is tucked back from the street, and its dark interior doesn’t command attention. Go anyway. The finishes are sleek, with cozy half-booth tables, and the menu is top notch, but the best thing about this place is the wine steward, David Burgess.An affable older gentleman, Burgess won’t hesitate to tease you for drinking too fast, but he will offer smart pairings every time–whether you’re supping on wild boar, a beet salad, or a super-rich cheese plate. After you’re sated, consider taking in some live music at The Sunset or The Tractor, down the street in either direction.If you’re still looking to eat out tonight, Volterra is offering three seatings for New Year’s Eve dinner tonight, with space available at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. (the 7:30 p.m. seating is booked). The earlier seating is five-course meal ($55), and the later is a six-course meal, with party favors, and a midnight prosecco toast ($80).Volterra, 5411 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-5100.Call for reservations.


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