Chef and owner Missy Robbins has enjoyed the highest accolades at very well-rated restaurants in Manhattan and Chicago. It's a testament to Brooklyn's coming of age that Chef Robbins has chosen Williamsburg to continue her career evolution. This restaurant features stupendously fresh pasta, buttery seafood, meat and traditional Italian specialties infused with great pizzazz. It's no wonder that Lilia is among the borough's most desirable eateries opened this decade. Reserve well in advance. In the residential heart of the neighborhood, the restaurant arose out of the renovated shell of an old brick building, which had been an automobile garage. Natural light presents a minimalist interior, with simple tables set up on the sidewalk (in season). Staff is knowledgeable about food ingredients, can articulate well the depth of flavors of the small plates and give guidance as to which Italian regional wines might pair best. Bright and trendy Brooklynites rub shoulders easily with tourists from all over the world in an energetic but modest-size dining room. Some of the more seasoned, food-savvy guests might have a deliciously deja vu moment of similar dining experiences in Manhattan's SoHo many, many years ago.