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Da Filippo's, Somerville

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bropaul Nov 21, 2013 10:40 AM

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.

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    Spaetzle75 RE: bropaul Nov 22, 2013 05:18 PM

    In my opinion one of the best restaurants in town!

    1. ambrose RE: bropaul Nov 25, 2013 08:18 AM

      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.

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        bropaul RE: bropaul Nov 26, 2013 05:46 PM

        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.

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          ambrose RE: bropaul Nov 26, 2013 06:21 PM

          Bropaul, thanks for the great review. I am so glad that you 'discovered' da Fillipo's; now I REALLY want to get back there.

          As I recall, the chef/owner is Sicilian while his wife is Swiss. Perhaps the stuffed suckling is a dish from her side of the family.

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            Spaetzle75 RE: ambrose Nov 29, 2013 02:08 PM

            Happy you like it! The risotto dish is my wife's favorite. They used to have a gnocchi that was a Irishman's wet dream on the menu. Love the fresh baked bread.

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