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Kimmel Center area for Italian restaurant

arepo Sep 26, 2012 07:58 AM

Usually have gone to Bella Cera but it is now closed.
Anything around Broad to 15th & Spruce area?

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    Buckethead RE: arepo Sep 26, 2012 08:13 AM

    I like Mercato around there, La Viola and Girasole are also nearby but Mercato is better than either. Branzino is near there too, I've never been there.

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    1. re: Buckethead
      cwdonald RE: Buckethead Sep 26, 2012 08:57 AM

      A little further away,and on the other side of Broad but Amis and Georgio on Pine are both decent restaurants. Girasole is also there, but I have not dined there.

      1. re: cwdonald
        sylviag RE: cwdonald Sep 26, 2012 12:23 PM

        We like Branzino. It's on 17th very close to Spruce, a short walk. It's on our rotation for before concerts at the Kimmel Center.
        Girasole is good but pricey. If you do an appetizer and a pasta, it's not bad.
        La Viola and La Viola West are decent but very noisy and hectic.
        Amis - excellent food, very noisy. Haven't been to Mercato for a while; remember it as very good but very crowded.

        1. re: sylviag
          arepo RE: sylviag Sep 26, 2012 04:17 PM

          Youze guys are the best.

          I have been to Branzino and loved it so I tried there first but they are booked.

          Mercato looked a wee bit too noisy for my taste and farther to walk, leaving me with Girasole where I have never been.

          So Girasole it is and very close to Kimmel Center.

          Thanks all.


          PS. Whoa! After reading some really bad reviews on TA I decided to try phoning Branzino instead of doing it through Open Table and, guess what! I got my reservation at 6 pm that way.
          Now I am happy!

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