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Jul 29, 2007 05:51 PM

A Challenge. Is there such a thing as a FINE Main Line Italian restaurant?

For the life of me, I cannot come up with one name that is a superb Italian restaurant.
Please enlighten me.
Thank you very much.

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      1. re: saturninus

        In all the times I have frequented Savona, I somehow never thought of it as an Italian restaurant.
        I guess I am thinking more of a typical Italian restaurant with Spaghetti marinara, Eggplant parmagiana, Antipasti, you know .... Italian!!!
        Like the Saloon in Center City.

      2. Its not exactly in the Main Line but Ristorante Castello in North Wales is superb and I'd definitely consider it to be fine italian dining. Nice atmosphere, live piano music on weekends, delicous homemade pasta.

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        1. re: AmblerGirl

          North Wales is a fer piece from the Main Line, but thanks anyway.

          Amazing, isn't it?
          There doesn't seem to be one place that one could call a great typical Italian restaurant on the Main Line.
          I wonder why a chef doesn't consider opening one there!

          1. re: idia

            I've always wondered why there are so few good restaurants of any kind on the main line, given the money there.

            1. re: JanR

              Well, I respectfully must take exception to your post, Jan.
              Sola, Passerelle, Cassis, Mediterranean Grill, Flemings, Susannah Foo, George's, Blush, Yangming, Nectar (shall I go on?) aren't exactly birdseed!

              1. re: idia

                I guess it depends on one's taste. Cannot comment on Sola, Medierranean Grill, Blush or Cassis but Fleming's (while I hear it's a good one) is a chain, Susannah Foo on the main line and George's cannot compare to their center city cousins, and Yangming is okay. I guess what I meant was it would be nice to have something more interesting out here (along the lines of Gayle, Marigold or the dear departed Pif). As I said, tastes vary. BTW, Passerelle has been closed for some time (it is now Pond) but since you mention it, I found it to be very pretty, boring and overpriced.

                1. re: JanR

                  Hi Jan:
                  Yes you are correct -- Passerelle is now called Pond and though it doesn't happen to be my particular taste (a bit on the fancy side for me) it certainly enjoys a good reputation on the Main Line as does Savona (same expensive but highly touted kitchens).
                  I don't necessarily frequent all the restaurants I have mentioned but they are certainly easily in a class or higher with the ones you listed.
                  As you said, it all depends on one's taste.
                  But the Main Line can more than hold its own with many fine dining places. (sadly though, not a superior Italian one -- the original reason for this thread.)
                  Cheers, Idia