Best Italian in the City
What are your thoughts on the best Italian places in the center city area?
Great topic. I would like to know too. I have eaten recently at Bistro Romano which seemed to me overpriced, ordinary Italian although the grotto atmosphere was nice; also been recently to Ernesto's 1521 for pre-theater, wasn't wowed by it, and it was noisy. I guess you could count Davio's as Italian, I've been there for several business lunches and the food was always very good. I did enjoy dinner at Mezzaluna in South Philly. which had authentic Italian atmosphere and great homemade gnocchi, and you can BYOB.
Center City - Branzino, 17th and Spruce - byob
Mercato - byob - except that we don't go there, too crowded and
noisy for us - but we're older
Tre Scalini - byob
Sovalo (northern Italian)
sort of Northern Liberties:
Radicchio - byob, no reservations
Vetri is upscale, saved for a special occasion
Vetri takes high end hands down.
Paradiso wowed me on my one visit (so many restaurants, so little time) I also loved Le Virtu, although others disagree.
Mr Martinos old style regional italian
Villa d'Roma - red gravy italian American
Osteria for Piazza di Popolo Roma style dining (not nearly as casual as it appears, beautiful people)
Just had a very good dinner at Osteria last night.
Began with wonderful eel fritters.. not greasy.. dusted with coarse salt and a wonderful lemony mayo with it. Follow with the Polpo pizza.. flecks of red pepper wonderful octopus smokey mozzarella and thin crust... finally pasta.. robiola francobolli with royal trumpet mushrooms and thyme.. light sauce and delicious earthy mushrooms. Dessert was fresh fig and polenta pound cake with wonderful rosemary gelato on the side. A very good fresh meal, paced nicely (dining over 2 hours.. ) and very good service. Sat in the back room so didnt get as much of the din as the front of the house until the large table of eight was seated at the end of our meal. All in all a wonderful experience.