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Misha Aug 16, 2013 04:30 PM

Have me another bday bash next weekend. This time, the bday boy selected Serafina. I remember when it first opened Craig Laban hated it.

Anybody been lately? Recommendations? Things to shy away from? Have to say, I was initially excited when I saw it was coming to Philly but when CL gives no bells, I take notice.

  1. bluehensfan Aug 18, 2013 01:06 PM

    When we made the mistake of eating at Serafina it had to be the worst meal I ever ate in Philly regardless of price (and it's not cheap there). The food is substandard and poorly prepared (margherita pizza with one sprig of basil anyone?), and the management is pitiful and could care less what you think. Our poor server was nice though but I am sure she left for greener pastures ages ago.

    I'd feign illness if I were you.

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    1. re: bluehensfan
      Misha Aug 19, 2013 09:43 AM

      LOL; would that I could. We're heading to Franklin Mortgage first for cocktails. Maybe I can deaden my palatte.

    2. gina Aug 19, 2013 10:48 AM

      We ate there a couple of months ago. I liked my black truffle ravioli (I was in the mood for something very truffle-y, and that's what I got), but the carpaccio we shared tasted and had the texture like it had been prepared ahead of time and refrigerated on the plate for quite a while. I remember my dining companions enjoying their main dishes--a pasta and a veal--but I don't remember specifically what dishes they were.

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      1. re: gina
        bluehensfan Aug 19, 2013 11:06 AM

        I forgot about the carpaccio. My son ordered that and it was the color of beef jerky.

        1. re: bluehensfan
          Misha Aug 19, 2013 02:15 PM

          Note to self. Stay away from the carpaccio.

          Maybe go with the simpliest of pastas?

          1. re: Misha
            bluehensfan Aug 19, 2013 02:42 PM

            To quote my review elsewhere: Serafina had "brown-tinged carpaccio, bruschetta drenched with as much olive oil as is humanly possible, pasta dishes deviod of any flavor, and Margherita pizza that features pre-shredded mozzarella, four olives (huh?) and one sprig of basil."

            So yes, the pasta seems to be the lesser of the evils. Or better yet save your money and just get a drink because the stuff there is grossly overpriced.

            Do report back though...I love hearing about those "train wreck" meals!

            1. re: bluehensfan
              Misha Aug 20, 2013 09:17 AM

              Swell, lol. And count on it. With any luck (or a lotta luck), maybe they display a flash of...mediocrity.

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