BUCA DI BEPPO, 2051 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.,493-2426, Notorious for its zany, tongue-in-cheek New Jersey-style Italian-restaurant décor and its huge portions of Italian-American dishes. this restaurant recently launched a new “Buca Mio” (“My Buca”) menu that features smaller portions meant to feed a single diner. (Reviewed 11/21; Rating: 84)

THE CAFÉ, 712 Brent St., 637-6869, www.thecafé The Café’s former antique mall location was hard to beat for atmosphere, but the new location is a refreshing change. The menu offers variety of soups, salads and about 18 sandwiches. (Reviewed 11/28; Rating: N/A)

LUNCH TODAY, Watertower Sq., 590 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, (812) 282-1005, This Southern Indiana hot spot lures a lunch crowd to modern shopping center space in Jeffersonville’s Water Tower Square. It offers a decent selection of more than a dozen sandwiches and paninis, plus several soups. (Reviewed 11/28; Rating: N/A)

CLUB GROTTO, 2116 Bardstown Rd., 459-5275. Chefs Mike Driskell and Mike Dunbar don’t give the humble vegetable short shrift. And you don’t even have to be a vegetarian to appreciate their trademark all-vegetable dinner course, the aptly named “Vegetable Orgy.” (Reviewed 12/05; Rating: 88)

STRATTO’S RESTAURANT, 318 W. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., Clarksville, (812) 945-3496, The comfortable historic-house setting and hearty Italian-accented comfort food at Stratto’s makes it worth the short trip to Clarksville. (Reviewed 12/19; Rating: 78)

SEVICHE — A LATIN BISTRO, 2929 Goose Creek Rd., 425-1000, Save for the few meat-and-potatoes additions, this suburban Seviche location is all but indistinguishable from the Bardstown Road operation in food and mood and price point. The lunch menu, introduced this month, is one of the best around. (Reviewed 12/26; Rating: N/A)

CORBETT’S “AN AMERICAN PLACE,” 5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd., 327-5058. Based on a pre-opening dinner, Corbett’s will be the hot spot of the year. Owner/chef Dean Corbett takes everything he has done at Equus and kicks it up several notches in a dining room, staff, bill of fare and beverage program that accepts nothing less than perfection. (Reviewed 12/26; Rating: N/A)