Bethesda diners know that for authentic Tuscan food, sensational drinks, and stunning interiors, they should head to award-winning Chef Francesco Ricci’s Cesco Osteria and CO2 Lounge. Francesco puts as much emphasis on the bar as he does the restaurant, and it shows. Subdued lighting, black and white accents, ebony wood, and live music performances are reminiscent of Florentine bôites. Look for classic Italian cocktails like Negroni and newer drinks like the Aperol spritzer, and try them paired with an affettati misti (an Italian cured meat platter) or arancini. Now you know why CO2 is a hot spot for pre- and post-theater meetups.