It's 10:45 on a Friday night in Westwood and you're eating ricotta gnocchi with truffle oil-laced pea sauce? You must be at Chiara Bistro. Steve LaCount, longtime chef at The Country Club in Brookline, has created a stylish Mediterranean trattoria in an area where pizza and Chinese food were long the only options. Order a pomegranate and agave margarita and a lobster roll with napa cabbage and jicama slaw, or pop in for a slice of chevre cheesecake with gingersnap crust and red-wine-poached pears what a nightcap.
> Kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 Sunday
> Chiara Bistro, 569 High Street, Westwood, 781-461-8118, chiarabistro.com