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Changes in Narberth: Margot now Gemelli

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rocknroll52 Oct 1, 2009 07:50 PM

Saw a blub about this in Table Talk in the Inquirer. It's described as a homey Italian bistro. Anyone been yet?

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    sierra6247 Oct 3, 2009 11:33 AM

    Yes! I went last night and it was fabulous! Clark Gilbert is the chef and cooks a wonderful mixture of Italian with a french flair. I started with the beet salad with a wedge of Gorgonzola and toasted almonds. It was excellent. For my entree, I had the chicken dish with Parmesan polenta which was a treat! My dining companion had the signature Gemelli pasta dish, which has spicy lamb sausage bolognese and loads of veggies.
    We sat at the bar and saw lots of mussels going out to patrons, in addition to the Steak Frites, and of course, the signature Gemelli dish.

    Here is the menu...
    http://media.philly.com/documents/Gem...

    They were very busy!
    Make a reservation -- I definitely recommend it! BYOB.
    Their number: 610-660-0160.

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      rocknroll52 Oct 25, 2009 06:46 AM

      This moderately price Italian/French BYO in Narberth was buzzing last night. Overall a nice experience, we started with the tasty 5 cheese plate at $16 which went nicely with the bottle of Spanish red wine we brought. We had pasta entrees of Gemelli ($17) and Papardelle ($18). The Gemelli was prepared with a lamb bolognese with merguez sausage and topped with broccoli rabe. I wasn't a great fan of this dish...the bolognese was very greasy, the merguez has a very assertive taste, combined with the strong flavor of broccoli rabe, this was a very intensely flavored dish but not in a way I liked. My husband's pappardelle with rabbit and spinach had a much more delicate flavor and wasn't greasy at all. The pasta appears to be homemade which was a nice touch. Topped off the meal with a house made banana/chocolate bread pudding that was very tasty but a bit on the heavy side.

      On the negative side, the restaurant has a NO CREDIT CARD policy. Also, the atmosphere was very noisy and the service was slow. They didn't seem to be quite prepared to handle the very full restaurant. Our waitress seemed like she would have been more at home in a diner than a fine dining restaurant.

      Overall, I would return to try other things on the menu.

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      cjc519 Jan 17, 2010 07:40 PM

      I called at 6:30 on Saturday night to get a reservation for 8:00... didn't expect to get one. Lucky for us they had just had a cancellation! We actually ran into friends who couldn't believe we were so lucky to have gotten a reservation. What a great evening! From start to finish a really enjoyable evening. Our server, Deirdre, couldn't have been nicer. She was very knowledgable about the menu and answered all of our questions honestly. Before we even ordered Deirdre asked us if we'd like to try some cheese. We said yes and were treated to a trio of cheeses (and a very nice size portion, at that). On our cheese plate were a sheep's milk that I can't remember the name of, Piave, and Humboldt Fog. For starters... my husband had the vitello tonnato which was a braised veal cheek with tuna tartare on top. I had the pork belly served with carmelized brussel sprouts. I can say that both were amazing! Entrees were pappardelle with lamb shank and scallops served atop butternut squash risotto with a balsamic reduction. The pappardelle was perfectly al dente and the scallops and risotto were delicious! There is a 5 course chef's tasting menu for $45 per person. I saw it go out to 2 patrons and it was more than generous. We'll definitely try it next time. After dinner we were treated to homemade limoncello and Chef Gilbert's amazing bread pudding. Truly one of the best meals we've had. From the service to the food, we really loved it all. We especially enjoyed the pace of our meal. We were able to enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace without feeling at all rushed. We will definitely be making Gemelli a regular visit! Definitely recommend reservations!

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        JanR Jun 6, 2010 08:28 AM

        Finally got to Gemelli last night. We really liked it. So nice to find a terrific byob in the suburbs. Very nice indeed to find arancini on the menu. These were made with gorgonzola and served on top of a pink sauce with a spring green salad on top. The bucatini was delicious, as were the desserts: bread pudding and opera cake. Our waitress was very nice. I hadn't chilled the white wine we had bought enough and she graciously kept it chilled in the back (they don't provide wine coolers) and kept checking if we needed more. Given this, I shouldn't complain but we were a little surprised at the $3 per bottle corkage fee (at least I think it's per bottle). Most byob's in the Philadelphia area don't charge a corkage fee. Still, it was a great evening. Almost forgot to mention, the atmosphere is nice. Somewhat casual but pretty with tables well spaced for a byob.

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