When it comes time to call it quits, it can be smart to do it somewhere public. Consider Cesco Osteria, where the Tuscan menu is delicious (you might as well have a good meal, right?), the drinks can be ordered strong, and there’s a foolproof escape hatch—just in case. If things don’t go well after the “it’s over” bomb, excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, but stroll instead to the adjoining Co2 Lounge, where you’ll find a door that leads straight down to a parking garage. Channel Houdini and complete your disappearing act.
Cesco Osteria, 7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-8333; www.cesco-osteria.com