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Besides Vetri...

lillotis Oct 12, 2006 05:10 PM

Looking for a special place for our anniversary. Vetri is our favorite- we usually go there at least once a year for a special meal- but they are booked. We did Lacroix for hubby's birthday and lvoed it too. Le Bec and Fountain are out. Is there anywhere else I am forgetting with extraordinary food, service and an elegant ambience? BYOB is out!

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    JanR RE: lillotis Oct 12, 2006 05:37 PM

    Deux Cheminees?

    1. vicarious RE: lillotis Oct 12, 2006 08:29 PM

      Striped Bass.

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        Elaine RE: lillotis Oct 12, 2006 09:44 PM

        Sovalo, LaFamiglia

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          GDSwamp RE: Elaine Oct 14, 2006 02:56 PM

          So far, in our year-and-a-half in Philly, Sovalo has provided the most consistently excellent meals we've had. We haven't been to Vetri yet, so I don't know if it's in the same category, elegance-wise, but given the choice between Sovalo and the pretty-nice-to-very-fancy places we HAVE been (LaCroix, Matyson, Melograno, Copper Bistro, Striped Bass, Casta Diva, Tria, some others I'm forgetting at the moment), I'd definitely choose Sovalo. And they have a very sweet little room, candle-lit, with good service and, yes, wine.

          If you go and they have the chocolate torte on the menu (and if you care for chocolate at all), I cannot stress highly enough the necessity of ordering it. It's an incredibly simple thing - a completely unadorned chocolate-custard torte - that goes exactly right where so many other warmish-chocolate-cakeish desserts go wrong.

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            JCap RE: GDSwamp Oct 14, 2006 08:00 PM

            I loved Sovalo (tallegio fondu, duck gnocchi,fontina and pear ravioli, roasted pork, hanger steak,etc.), and would agree it's a good spot for a special dinner.
            But it's not quite in the same league as Vetri.
            It appears you've been around the city a pretty good amount, definitely make Vetri a priority. You will be very, very happy with the antipasto, airy, incredibly light spinach gnocchi (although now I wonder if they're still making it with recent issues), and any meat on the menu. To me, Philadelphia's most outstanding restaurant.

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              GDSwamp RE: JCap Oct 15, 2006 11:22 PM

              Thanks, JCap. I've been interested in Vetri for awhile, so your rec puts me over the top. We'll definitely go as soon as the opportunity presents itself (meaning, as soon as we're not flat broke).

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          sylviag RE: lillotis Oct 12, 2006 11:45 PM

          Haven't been there for a while, but Jakes in Manayunk was always very lovely with excellent food and service.

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            Main Line Tracey RE: lillotis Oct 13, 2006 01:03 PM

            If you are interested in traveling outside the city, Savona in Gulph Mills is excellent

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              JanR RE: lillotis Oct 13, 2006 02:33 PM

              Savona is a good idea. Also, I think that Gilmore's in West Chester is very romantic and special (byob). Same for Birchrunville Store Cafe. For both places, you would need to reserve more than a month in advance if you're celebrating your anniversary on a weekend.

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                anita7707 RE: lillotis Oct 13, 2006 05:16 PM

                I've heard very good things about "Gayle." It's a Daniel Stern restaurant on 3rd Street.

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                  JanR RE: lillotis Oct 13, 2006 06:17 PM

                  Great suggestion. Gayle is incredible. Don't go expecting the atmosphere or Lacroix or some of the other places mentioned. It's small but pretty. Seating is closer than those other places like Lacroix, Savona, etc. Wonderful, inventive food.

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                    GDSwamp RE: lillotis Oct 16, 2006 03:16 PM

                    What about this Slate Bleu place? I haven't been, but it sounds like it has potential:


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                      GDSwamp RE: lillotis Oct 17, 2006 02:54 PM

                      Okay, last one. Haven't been here, but it certainly sounds like a special-occasion place:


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