has anyone heard about the new restaurant coming to university city by the people behind amada? any information?
The restaurant is Tinto. We managed to get in for an early Saturday dinner a few weeks ago with friends and try the chef's tasting menu. (I say managed because every review I read goes on and on about how hard reservations are to get, so we may have just been lucky).
Amada is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly, so I had high expectations. The decor is much more stylized than Amada. We were seated downstairs, and it took a little while for my eyes to adjust to the lighting. Music was a bit loud, but they nicely turned it down when asked. Service was very friendly. The dinner itself was very good, but I was disappointed by the portions of the chef's dinner ($55/pp and some of us added wine tastings at $80). At times dishes (I believe we had about 7 courses) were hard to split evenly, and a few hours later I felt a bit nibbly again (then again, we ate at 5, which is unusually early for me). The wine pairings were very good, just enough to get a good taste per course. Since dinner was a few weeks ago, I can't say exactly what we ordered, especially since it was chef's choice. I think if I were to plan to go again, it would be for a pre-theater dinner or snack, but fo a dinner evening I'll head back to Amada (maybe Tinto opening will make Amada easier to get into). I missed the paella, which Tinto does not offer, as it is truly tapas-focused.