Last week for lunch, I dined at Il Bosco, a little Italian ristorante and bar on the corner of Depot Street and Jackson Street in Davidson.  What a find!  I felt like I was walking into a spa!  I truly felt like I was somewhere else, like in New York City, in a charming cafe.  The menu is great, and the waitress recommended all sorts of options and alternate ways to request the food that made me want to order everything!  I ordered the penne al pesto and it was so fresh and bright. The pasta was made by the chef.  My dining partner ordered the verdure e formaggio salad that was converted into a crispy and flavorful panini.  The mozzarella was perfectly melted, so it still had its firmness, but was creamy, too.  At the end, we were given a little plate of cookies -- sesame cookies that were my favorite, and little almond biscotti that were delish!

Il Bosco serves lunch Tuesdays through Friday from 11:30-2:00 and dinner Monday through Thursday from 5-9:30 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10pm.  They specialize in regional Italian cuisine, and represent almost every region in the country, specializing in Neapolitan and Sicilian where the owner is from.