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Great cocktails have always been about anticipation, that moment before the first sip of something new crosses your lips. Extra Virgin bartender Berto Santoro knows this, and he keeps people fidgeting on their stools to see what he's going to place neatly before them. The cocktail list at the sister restaurant to Michael Smith reads like a love letter to drinkers, one that gets steamier with each pass. The martinis on the menu (blessedly $2 off during a generous happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) tend to be restrained takes on classic flavors, melding seasonal ingredients with deliciously chilled vodka. We fell in love with the Pear Tart, a beautifully balanced mix of Absolut Pears Vodka, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice; it's a drink that makes you want to hold onto summer. But order anything that Santoro dreams up and sip with the assurance that you're in skilled hands.