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Apr 3, 2011 08:20 AM

Trevi in Glenside - at last, something good in the 'hood!

We ate at the newly-opened Trevi Restaurant on Glenside Avenue last Thursday, and it was terrific. The space has been completely redone from its days as Rizzo's and feels much larger and more open. A new mural depicting the Trevi Fountain in Rome covers one wall, and the overall effect is modern, clean, and expansive.

The food was consistently well-executed. My husband had the mixed greens salad with house dressing (a lively vinaigrette) and the egg pappardelle with bolognese sauce. He pronounced it spectacular, with perfectly-cooked noodles and just enough of the rich sauce to coat. I enjoyed an arugula salad with walnuts and "tomato raisins" (grape tomatoes dried slightly to enhance their flavor) dressed in a light lemon vinaigrette, and the 12" house margherita pizza. The pizza was simply delicious, with a slightly-chewy-but-still-crispy wood-fired crust, very fresh tomato sauce, basil and fresh mozzarella cheese browned to perfection. I ate three quarters of that pizza all by myself, and there was still enough for my husband to take for lunch the next day. We didn't think we would get dessert, but seeing that the tiramisu was served in a small cup we figured we could share without getting overly full. The coffee was very good as well. They did only have two dessert options on the night we dined, and it would be nice to see a dessert special or third regular dessert to round out the choices in future.

Their full menu is up on their Facebook page, with website coming soon. Trevi is byob (we did), and the prices are very reasonable. Our meal was just $43 before tip, and we left feeling happy and satisfied. We are so glad to see life returning to a space that holds such happy memories for so many people in the area! We look forward to our next meal at Trevi.

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  1. Olivia - how was parking? I am always looking for a place 1/2-way between Jenkintown (where my mom lives) and Plymouth Meeting (where I live). Sounds like this may be a place to check out!

    I remember Rizzo's from my Bishop McDevitt days - walking down after a 1/2 day of school and grabbing pizza with my friends. Seemed like the place was always packed with McD kids!

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    1. re: Betharu

      Parking's not really an issue - there's parking on the street directly in front of the restaurant, and there's a municipal lot just across the street, down Bickley Road. All parking is metered.

      Rizzo's was the go-to place for my family when I was growing up in Wyncote. Even though Trevi is very different, it's nice to have a good Italian place in that space. And for anyone who remembers the scungy Rizzo's bathrooms, the revamped washrooms are a real treat! ;-)

    2. Thanks so much for the review. We thought that any dinner in Glenside was limited to Athena, its good to know there are other options. We will definitely give it a try!

      1. Thanks for your review! We are always looking for BYO's to try. Sounds like this one is on our list.

        1. Thanks for the review. Great to have a good byob in the suburbs.

          1. This sounds really promising. The House of Rizzo (I take it the green sign is gone by now) deserves to have only a high quality replacement. Its a bit of a hike from the C'ville area but worth checking out. And don't fret the shortage of dessert options. Jack Frost is just up the road.
            BTW... how long did the Korean/Italian venture last?

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            1. re: Chefpaulo

              I think the sign is finally gone, yes. And I saw that they've added a limoncello cheesecake to their dessert offerings - yum!

              For those who were wondering about parking, it's worth noting that the meters only go until 6PM in Glenside, so parking after that time is free.

              I don't think the Korean/Italian restaurant made it a year. Hopefully TreVi will be there much, much longer!