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Sep 14, 2009 04:52 PM

Radicchio Philadelphia Pa

I searched for a thread on this restaurant but could not find one. We have been coming here for several years but it had been about a year since we were here.
For us Radicchio is everything you want in a Italian cafe. Its small but on a nice day has plenty of outdoor seating. Tucked away on the corner of 4th and Wood.

The food and service is consistently good and is an excellent value. After a day of shopping, sat down to an early dinner.
A complimentary bruschetta with garlic, onions, tomato and olive oil was a tasty start. Basket of bread comes with more of that nice olive oil.

I had a special salad of mixed greens, sliced pears, candied walnuts, a big chunk of gorganzola and a delicious light vinaigrette.
Wife had the arugola salad, served with hearts of palm, roasted pine nuts and a large chunk of warm goat cheese
Both salads were perfect and good sized portions.

Entrees were Gnocchi Bolognese which were light pillows of potato filled goodness served with their homemade slow cooked meat sauce.
Other entree was the whole Bronzino which was fileted tableside and came with mashed potatoes and broccoli with tomatoes.
We also split a side of yummy garlicky broccoli rabe.
Both entrees and sides were delicious.

With dinner we had a 2005 kosta Browne Pinot which went well with the food. We get down to Philly several times during the year and Radicchio is certainly one of our favorite restaurants.
Here is a link to their site for more information.

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  1. We are also fans of Radicchio. Nice to read your good review.
    I almost always end up ordering the whole grilled fish; usually I can't resist the Dover sole.

    Our only problem is that they don't take reservations, so we don't like to go at a prime time.
    We have also been happy with their sister restaurant, Bistro Juliana - very good with a similar menu, easy parking, and sometimes easier to get in. Juliana often has a special that is pasta with a whole lobster - delicious and inexpensive.

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    1. re: sylviag

      Hi Sylvia, your right about the reservations but we try to use that to our advantage. We have been to Radicchio probably 10 times but never at 8:00PM on a Saturday :)

      We time our visits to take advantage of an early dinner like we did yesterday and every so often a late dinner after a show.
      After visiting Italy several times Radicchio is the best example of a typical cafe in Italy.

      1. re: tom246

        My husband and I agree - Radicchio is the kind of place we've found in Italy. I think their broccoli di rape is the best in the city. My favorite dish is one they make up for me - rotini or penne with fresh tomatoes, broccoli di rape, and crab. And of course, a side of broccoli di rape with it - just can't get enough of that stuff! My husband loves their clams and mussels in red sauce - that sauce is great for dipping our bread.

        Another favorite is their crab cake appetizer, but they only have it in the spring.

        1. re: Elaine

          I like Radicchio but I did have one bad experience!! I had a great meal there (my fav- I ate there 4 times) Ssuddenly it wasnt on the menu! I requested it and the waiter assured me the chef would make it for me (penne, canollini beans, arugula in wine sauce etc...) What was bought out to me was not very good at all, even the other diners with me tried and agreed, i coulnt finsih it. Other than that its pretty good. The branzino is great.

          1. re: layla529

            That is strange, especially since it had been previously made really well. Maybe they didn't have all the proper ingredients and tried to improvise.
            The branzino is my wife's favorite. Can't get her to order anything else :)