Da Filippo's, Somerville
Has anyone been? I stumbled across their website while looking for something else in Somerville. There are some interesting menu items listed - not just the usual NJ Italian suspects. I'd be interested in trying it, if it were good. Reviews seem quite positive, but I have never heard it mentioned here on CH.
I have not been to da Filippo's for a couple of years but it was always my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. I first went some twenty years ago when it was about half the size of the current restaurant. I hope you will go and give us a review. I'm going to try to get there in the next few weeks.
While I don't usually review a restaurant after one meal, if can re-visit, I am going to make an exception since you asked. Their sign says "autentica cucina italiana" (authentic Italian cuisine). As someone who has lived in Italy, I am usually more than skeptical of such pronouncements. In the case of "Da Fillipo's" however, it turns out to be true! On a whim, I stopped in and was seated. The room was active. Service is attentive. I was given a menu and very shortly the hostess (the chef/owner's wife) stopped by to give me the specials. I chose two of them. For an appetizer I had the cardoons (see what i mean about unusual!) that were battered and fried and then dressed with a light cheese sauce. They were divine! The cardoons were light and perfectly fried and the cheese sauce was flavorful without being heavy. I then had the "porchetta alla romana" - Roman style stuffed suckling pig. When the dish came I was disappointed, because it was not what I expected from my familiarity with the dish in Italy. There were two pieces of bread and herb stuffed roasted pork with a reddish sauce that I couldn't quite place. While it was not the dish I expected, it was delicious and it was served with a side of braised red cabbage and roasted potatoes. If I had closed my eyes I would have thought I was up in the German-speaking province of Northern Italy on the border with Austria. I had no room for dessert, but had a great after-dinner chat with the chef. It is a family-run restaurant of the type we sadly don't see much any more. It was a wonderful evening and I look forward to my next visit. I need to try a pasta dish!I can't believe this place has been there for 25 years and I have never heard of it.