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He is succeeding, for Toscana Cafe is an excellent culinary home for some of the best Italian food around.

RESTAURANT: Toscana Cafe, 601 Second St. NE, 202/525-2693,

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

PRICES: $7 to $11 starters, $14 to $25 entrees, $7 to $8 desserts.

PARKING: Limited street parking.

ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible.