Hi & Thanks for creating this space for us Chowhound refugees!
My 15 year old foodie daughter wanted to have her birthday dinner at Mozza Pizzeria, but any party of more than 8 (there may be about 12 of us) requires a private room and a minimum outlay of $2500. So back to the drawing board. She then suggested Sotto, which we love, but considered a bit too dark and serious for a gaggle of girls, not all of whom are wowed by chestnut soup, lamb meatballs and charred broccolini.
Suggestions? We were looking at a new place called Aventine. Has anyone been? A fun, “hip” atmosphere is definitely desired, and I’m just happy she isn’t insisting on Katsu-ya.