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Sep 11, 2013 06:24 AM

Suggestions near Kimmel Center

Love Estia.
Didn't like the menus of Russet or Sbraga. Any other suggestions within walking distance?

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  1. Amis is within walking distance, as is Georgio's on Pine.

    Frankly Barbuzzo, Zavino, and Jamonera are close enough to go to the Kimmel.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Hey CW, how is Georgio's? It's one of the old school places that's open for lunch on Saturdays that I have wanted to tru but never got around to it...

      1. re: bluehensfan

        Giorgio's is ok. I recommend it when it is important to have vegan or vegatarian as well as gluten free at an Italian restaurant. Everything is clearly marked on their menu as to whether it is gluten free or what they would do to make a dish vegan/vegetarian.

        To be frank I have never been a fan of what folks from Philadelphia called old school italian..

        1. re: cwdonald

          We go to Giorgio's quite often before the opera. They are very good with getting you out on time for the performance.Their menu is not adventurous but it is not a "spaghetti house" type restaurant either. You aren't going to find chicken parm.

          1. re: cwdonald

            My apologies. I have my restaurants mixed up. I was talking about Girasole's not Giorgio's. Last opera season we went to Girasole's before the opera.

      2. Any type of cuisine that you are looking for?

        Closer to Rittenhouse, Dandelion is pretty good for fish & chips and Tria across the street from there has really good small plates.

        Of course you are not too far from the digs on 13th St. including pizza and small plates at Zavino and Barbuzzo (which seemed hit and miss to me). Little Nonna's, also on 13th, seems to be getting good reviews thus far.

        1. These are all good suggestions.

          Here are two more, since we are often at the Kimmel Center:

          Shiroi Hana, on 15th St. Quiet, excellent service, cooked food in addition to Japanese menu.

          Oyster House, on Sansom St. between 15th & 16th. No reservations, but usually not much wait. Terrific oysters, chowder, lobster roll, fresh fish, great fries.

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          1. re: sylviag

            Thanks all for your suggestions.
            After checking some of the menus that interested me, we decided to go with Georgio's this time (maybe Amis next time).
            We attend the Kimmel and Academy of Music quite often and decided to try new close places for a change instead of always going to our favorite Estia.

            1. re: arepo

              Let me know if it's any good. Since you still go to Estia a lot, is Saki the waiter still there? He's great...

              1. re: bluehensfan

                Bluehens: Don't know Saki but we do tend to sit in the mezzanine and perhaps less wait persons are scheduled there.

                Now that el mdt says he made a mistake and didn't mean to recommend Georgio's, I am getting a little bit nervous. We'll try it this time.

                1. re: arepo

                  Giorgio's is solid. Even though elmdt was talking about Girasole, the same is basically true -- not an adventurous menu, but not a red gravy place. I think last time I was there I had a special that was squid ink pappardelle with seafood. Note it is BYOB and can be loud when full.

                  1. re: arepo

                    Sorry, didn't mean to mislead. I don't want to scare you away as I haven't been to Giorgio's but looking forward to your opinion since we may try it this opera season

                    1. re: elmdt1229

                      Barryg and el mdt: Thanks both for your votes of confidence.
                      We don't need "adventurous" so I think it will turn out just fine.
                      I will report!