Davio’s Cucina is a more-relaxed spinoff of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. It opened in June, in the Showcase SuperLux in Chestnut Hill. Here one can eat pizza and pasta before the movies. Milk Duds won’t do once you’ve upgraded to the SuperLux. On a Friday at 7 p.m. there isn’t a single seat free at the bar, and there’s a logjam at the entrance. The mature, moneyed crowd is getting its drink on. Cocktails outnumber glasses of wine. Songbook standards play as women in white outfits with insane arm muscles and impeccable hairdos gossip together. Chefs make pizza in the open kitchen. The light-filled, spacious room has vast windows and ceiling fixtures. There are flower arrangements, abstract paintings, and booths upholstered in striped brown fabric. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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