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Prettypoodle Apr 30, 2010 10:50 AM

I have been craving good Italiann food (especially pasta) and would love to find a nice-ish (but not too fancy) place for an upcomming birthday dinner. I would prefer it to be closer to the East/West Norriton/ Norristown area, but am willing to go into the city if needed. A bar is not needed, I rarely drink and is is MY big day so what I say goes <g>
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can give me!

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    jujuthomas Apr 30, 2010 12:10 PM

    Ambler has From the Boot, which I have heard really good things about from AmblerGirl. I believe it is BYO. Hopefully she'll hop in and tell you more, or search this board for the resto name. :)

    From The Boot
    www.fromtheboot.com
    110 East Butler Avenue
    Ambler, PA 19002-4426
    (215) 646-0123

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      Prettypoodle Apr 30, 2010 12:30 PM

      Mmm sounds yummy! Thanks!

      Any other ideas?

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        jujuthomas Apr 30, 2010 12:41 PM

        Oh, in Blue Bell at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Pennlyn Blue Bell Pike a new Italian place I've heard good things about... Domenico's. it's been open since November: http://domenicosbluebell.com/
        All the other places I know of (Michael's, Dolce Luna) are quick pizza and pasta joints. I've heard Domincos is beautiful inside. :)

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          Prettypoodle Apr 30, 2010 01:03 PM

          Thanks but your first suggestion ws much better IMO.

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            jujuthomas Apr 30, 2010 05:30 PM

            no worries, haven't been to either, just heard good things. Enjoy your day! :)

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              AmblerGirl May 2, 2010 06:22 PM

              Hopping in :) I do love From the Boot, good italian food, laid back atmosphere, great service. I love their eggplant rollatini, they also have really good meatballs. Very reasonable prices. They serve gelato from Toto's which is my absolute favorite (or you could take a post dinner stroll for some gelato at Toto's or a cappucino at Cafe Maida).

              They do get crowded on weekends so if you have a large party remember to call ahead. Also, I know they applied for their liquor license and I'm not sure if they got it yet so they may be BYO. The tomes I was there they gave out wine at the bar to those waiting for a table.

              Does anyone know what happened to La Vita Bella in Norristown (near East/West Norriston)? They used to be good but I heard that they may have gone downhill which would be a shame because I did like that place....

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          jujuthomas Apr 30, 2010 12:42 PM

          Post about Domenicos from when they opened.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6695...

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        curly girl Apr 30, 2010 06:35 PM

        Haven't been there yet, but heard Domenico's is a little pricey. From The Boot is on my list of places to get to soon. Heard food, service and value are all very good

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          RitterSportRules May 1, 2010 03:42 AM

          For good pasta try Gino's on Main Street (Ridge Pike) in Jeffersonville. It's about a half-mile west of the VW/Volvo dealer. We get two meals out of the pasta dishes.

          http://myginos.com/home/index.htm

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            Prettypoodle May 1, 2010 03:38 PM

            Looks yummy! Thanks!

          2. Den May 3, 2010 08:27 AM

            I'll 2nd From the Boot. For the price it can't be beat.

            A place I haven't been in about 18 months but enjoyed is La Dolce Vita in Bridgeport. It may seem a little wierd but a few years ago it was purchased from the original owners by a husband and wife, I think he's Irish and she's Mexican. She worked there under the old owners. They have a full menu of classic Italian dishes and they also offer some Mexican dishes. I keep meaning to get back there but just haven't been.

            http://dolcevitarest.com/index.html

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              AmblerGirl May 3, 2010 07:28 PM

              La Dolce Vita! Thats it! I called it La Bella Vita above. I loved that place but have not been back for a few years... I hope it is doing well, it was a really nice couple that bought it and the food was good....

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              Bella Vita Cafe
              S Freehold Shopping Ctr, Freehold, NJ 07728

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              phillyjazz May 5, 2010 08:23 AM

              I had some very good Italian at Osteria in Evansburg, if that is not too far. It is where the old E-Burg in was. Pasta with crabmeat in an olive-oul garlic sauce was very nice, and most dishes are around $12-13.

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                VTRP May 14, 2010 10:05 AM

                Tuesday night is mussel night at Osteria. If you're anywhere close to a mussels fan you won't be disappointed. Love this place, great service. The puttanesca is my go-to.

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                Prettypoodle May 7, 2010 02:42 PM

                Went to From the Boot last night and LOVED it! Thanks all who suggested it. We all enjoyed our meals and plan to go back SOON!

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                  jujuthomas May 7, 2010 07:28 PM

                  So glad you enjoyed it. I have GOT to get over there! :)

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                    Prettypoodle May 10, 2010 08:18 AM

                    You really do need to! We were all very happy (including the usually super fussy teen!)

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                  Kater May 7, 2010 03:09 PM

                  I like Trinacria in Blue Bell but it might strike you as a little fancy inside - maybe check it out, the food is lovely.

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                    Prettypoodle May 10, 2010 08:19 AM

                    Fancy is always ok for me. I will try to check this out soon. Thanks for the tip!

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                      Den May 10, 2010 03:13 PM

                      If you want to go fancy and you're willing to go to Ambler/Springhouse, San Marco on Bethlehem Pike is excellent.

                      http://www.sanmarcopa.com/

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                        Prettypoodle May 10, 2010 09:25 PM

                        I will keep that in mind, thanks! My b day has passed for this yer, but i like Italian year round:)

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                          gardens4me May 16, 2010 11:00 AM

                          San Marco very good but expensive...Osso buco to die for but I also love From the Boot and love Totos as well.

                    2. bucksguy14 May 16, 2010 04:26 AM

                      Surprised that no one's mentioned Castello's in North Wales. Very good Italian, they have a liquor license, but are advertising BYO 7 days a week. Definitely closer than Ambler! Although I also like FTB.

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                        RitterSportRules Jul 5, 2010 11:31 AM

                        I'd pass on Ristorante Castello. We've eaten there three times and two were just plain lousy. The last time was a couple of weeks ago and both of our fish entrees were not from fresh fish but fillets that had been frozen. The fish itself could have been from Costco. I don't see the appeal of this place. The attitude of the servers is odd too.

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