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Vetri

Now that Vetri has moved to tasting menu only, does anyone know what the price is for the wine pairing? The website shows $135 pp for the tasting menu, but no mention of the wine pairings. Also, how many courses are generally included in the tasting menu? Do you have a choice of different dishes for each course or are they all set in advance?

Jul 06, 2011
Decker in Philadelphia

Morimoto for Business Dinner

I have some clients coming in to town for a business dinner and one of them suggested Morimoto. I've only sat at the bar, so I'm looking for guidance on whether or not they would have the proper seating for a group of 6. Also, knowing that one of the attendees is not a sushi fan, can anyone tell me about some of the hot, non-seafood dishes they've had at Morimoto? Thanks.

Mar 28, 2011
Decker in Philadelphia

Can't Miss Dishes at Distrito?

My wife and I are finally making it to Distrito and was wondering if anyone had suggestions for some can't miss dishes? We are thinking about doing the chef's tasting menu, but we are not committed, so please fill me in on your favorites at Distrito.

Feb 01, 2011
Decker in Philadelphia

Buckhead for one night

I am in Atlanta, specifically Buckhead, tonight and looking for a great, casual meal. I had lunch at Dogwood in Midtown, which was fantastic. I am open to any ideas in the Brookhaven, Buckhead, or Midtown areas. I was thinking Holeman + Finch, but I'm open to suggestions. I am in business attire, but would love to wear some shorts and a golf shirt if a casual place is suggested. Can I get away with that at Holeman?

Jun 16, 2010
Decker in Atlanta

Vetri Degustazione

I will be taking my wife to Vetri for her birthday and we will be doing the tasting menu since it will be a Saturday night. I was looking for some feedback from those who have done the tasting menu before and was curious as to how much it can be "customized." My wife is pregnant, so there are a few things that she would like to stay away from and there are certainly a few of his specialties that i would want to make sure were included. Also, just some general feedback on others experiences, how many courses to expect, etc. would be appreciated. Although the wife is pregnant, I will most likely do the wine pairings for myself, even though I realize this is terribly selfish.

Apr 22, 2010
Decker in Philadelphia

Saturday Dinner at Osteria

My mother was in town for the Christmas Holiday, so my wife and I took her to one of our favorites, Osteria, for dinner on Saturday. As usual, I was quite happy with our meal and thought I would give a report.

We started off with the salumi platter and the "special" vegetable antipasti (it seems like it's always available, so why call it a special?) This was very good, and one of our favorites among the meats and veggies was the cabbage that had been braised with pork fat. It had the most amazing flavor. We also tried another special, which was fresh mozzarella over radicchio and grilled sourdough. The mozzarella was very flavorful and had a very delicate consistency unlike the heartier buffala mozz we usually see.

Next, we split a lombarda pizza with bitto cheese, house made coteghino sausage, and a runny egg in the middle. We've ordered this many times, and it was good as always. I noticed that this time that char on the bottom of the crust was nearly perfect and it held up better than usual to the weight and the runny egg.

The next course consisted of three 1/2 orders of pasta. The wild hare ragu over papperdelle was my favorite as it was just the perfect, homey dish for the rainy night we were experiencing. There was just enough gaminess and flavor to let you know you were eating game without being over the top enough to put off non game lovers. It was another example of what Osteria does best: simple, quality ingredients prepared flawlessly. We also had the robiola francobolli, which are small cheese raviolis served with mushrooms and a light, thyme and butter sauce. This is among our favorite dishes and we always seem to order it. The third pasta was a goat cheese gnocchi with mushrooms and truffles (I think). These were probably among the lightest gnocchi I have had yet still had enough potato flavor so you didn't forget what you were eating.

We finished the savory part of the meal by splitting an order of their (almost always a special) spit roasted pig with oven roasted potatoes. The pig was very juicy and packed with herby flavor. Among the three cuts we received (rib, shoulder, and leg), the darker and moister leg meat was my favorite. And since I have heard that others have been turned off by the potatoes, I will just add my two cents that they were prepared perfectly and very flavorful.

For dessert, we ordered one of our favorites, the polenta budino. This is a sweet polenta with hazelnut mousse and candied hazelnuts. I can not say enough about this dessert, it is just amazing. We also had the chocolate cappuccino cake, which was, surprisingly, our only disappointment. It just seemed a little dry and bland, however, this may be a result of it being compared to the other highlights of the meal. Additionally, since our great server Paul realized that it was a bit of a special night having my mother in from out of town, he presented us with a few extra desserts to sample. We had a chestnut crepe dessert, which was a perfect seasonal dish and packed with buttery flavor. We also had a selection of gelatos, and among them, the pistachio, blood orange, and cappuccino were the stand outs.

I can not say enough about the staff at Osteria, especially our waiter, Paul, and sommelier, Aaron (sp?). Both took great care of us, as did the front of house. I have always been a fan of Osteria, and will continue to go back because of experiences like this past Saturday.

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Osteria
640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Dec 28, 2009
Decker in Pennsylvania

Meredith's (Berwyn)

Just thought I'd write a quick note about the somewhat new Meredith's location in Berwyn since we had lunch there on Saturday. The parking situation is much better than at the old location, so that is a plus. We started off with the filet bruschetta, which was very good and the meat was cooked perfectly. I especially liked the balsamic glaze. We also had a cup of the potato leek soup that, while good, was nothing special and not quite hot when it got to the table. We both had salads as well. The signature salad with pistachios, cran raisins, granny smith apples, and blue cheese in a strawberry vinaigrette, and the chopped salad, with tomatoes, corn, peppers, red onion, chic peas, and cucumbers in a honey citrus vinaigrette. Both salads were good, but again, nothing special. My only real complaint would be the service which was a bit disjointed. Our server told us that the specials were french toast and duck salad, but didn't seem to know any of the details. All in all, not a bad place for a quick bite, but nothing to write home about.

Dec 28, 2009
Decker in Pennsylvania

Mad Elf

Had it at Johnny Brenda's on Friday night.

Dec 14, 2009
Decker in Pennsylvania

Quintessential Philly Restaurant

Looking for some help from some fellow Chowhounders out there. I am planning a client dinner in Philly next week and this will be the client's first visit to Philadelphia. My usual go to is Osteria, but I thought I might ask for some suggestions as to any restaurants that might be "Quintessentially Philly." I'm looking for something a bit higher end that really gives you the feeling that you are in Philly. I was thinking Water Works, but it has been hit or miss in my experience. Any thoughts on Nineteen? All suggestions are welcome.

Dec 08, 2009
Decker in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia restaurant dishes that you dream about

Spit roasted pig "3 ways" and Lombarda pizza at Osteria.

Short rib flatbread at Amada.

Cheesesteak from Jim's Steaks.

Pica's Pizza.

Truffle fries and burger at Rouge.

Aug 31, 2009
Decker in Philadelphia

Flower Show Chinatown Recs

Headed to the Flower Show tonight with a group of six and was looking for recommendations in Chinatown. Looking for a quick, moderately priced Asian meal. Was thinking about heading to Vietnam, but always up for suggestions. Thanks.

Mar 02, 2009
Decker in Pennsylvania

Cooper's in Manayunk

I have been several times and really enjoy the food as well as the wide selection of wines by the glass and craft beers. The service was certainly spotty at first, but has gotten better. That said, it does seem like the servers are at either end of the extremes, either aloof or way too attentive.

Dec 19, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

BYOB - Main Line

Hey everyone, I was looking for a recommendation for a good restaurant on the Main Line, somewhere relatively close to Villanova. I would love a great BYOB if possible, as Sola in Bryn Mawr is one of my favorites. I have eaten in the Market part of Maia and that was good, so I was considering eating upstairs. Any ideas?

Dec 19, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Cooper's in Manayunk

Now that it's got a weekend under it's belt, thought I would revive this thread to see if anyone has a report.

Sep 08, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

What and where are your fave local meals ever? Any price - high or low.

Mine would have to be my first meal at Osteria. Started off with a special which was a big chunk of house made buffala mozzarella served with crostini toasted in the wood burning oven and topped with sauteed swiss chard. Followed that with the lombarda pizza with the fried egg in the middle. Next course was the pasta with boar's head ragu (not on the menu right now, but I expect to see it back in the fall). Next was their version of cassoulet, house made black pepper sauage and braised pork ribs served over a bed of creamy polenta and cabbage. For dessert, we had the chocolate and goat cheese "fritelle" served with a side of tangerine curd for dipping.The meal was so good I posted about it a while back.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490239

Sep 05, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Cooper's in Manayunk

I know it's only been open for a few days now, but was wondering if anyone had been to Cooper's yet. Looking to try it this weekend and wanted a report before I went.

Sep 05, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

recs for eating at the bar in center city

I like the bars at Osteria and Jose Garces' two tapas places, Amada and Tinto. These aren't exactly Center City, but depending on your location, are most likely fairly accesible.

Jul 31, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Amada - Recent Visit

I hadn't been to Amada in almost a year, so last Friday we headed there with a party of six. After that meal, I have no excuse for waiting so long between visits. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and helpful in tailoring most of the dishes we ordered to a party of six. Sometimes that meant getting two orders of the same dish, sometimes they just put six of each item on a plate. Some highlights were the shortrib flatbread, the lambchops (we ordered a second round for dessert), the garlic shrimp, and a green salad (forget the name) with arugula, asparagus, etc. I can't quite remember every dish we had since there were so many and we were drinking quite a bit as well. Some additonal notes: Our reservation was for 8pm, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, our entire party did not arrive until 8:30pm. We warned the hostess ahead of time and they were extremely accomodating when the entire party did arrive. We only had to wait at the bar for about 10 minutes. Also, at no time did we feel rushed and we ended up staying for over three hours. Price per person after tip was just shy of $100, but please understand, that included more than a few drinks and glasses of wine.

Jul 31, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Termini Brothers cakes?

I know it's not a cake, but I can never leave Termini's without grabbing a few of their pignollis. They're amazing in their simplicity.

Jul 01, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Fairmount Bars and Restaurants

My opinion is that you shouldn't waste your time with Urban Saloon. Some may disagree, but I just find it to be an annoying crowd similar to what you'd find at the Public House or McFadden's on a Friday or Saturday night. I have not been during the week, so it may just be the weekends that are like that.

I'm a big fan of Bishop's Collar, and although it can get quite crowded, it always seems likely a friendly atmosphere.

Jul 01, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Lolita Summer BBQ #1

How can I get the menu for these weekly BBQ's?

Jun 24, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Chabaa Thai

I live in Manayunk and I'm a big fan of Chabaa. I would agree that it is a bit overpriced but I can't comment on the seafood options as I'm not a seafood eater. I highly recommend the Crazy Noodles, with beef or chicken, as well as the Penang Curry Special, which has the most tender beef imaginable.

Jun 24, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Al fresco Philly Suburbs

I would suggest 333 Belrose in Radnor. They have great food and a nice porch for al fresco dining. You can google their website and if you go, make sure someone orders the Java Pork Tenderloin.

Jun 24, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Stephen Starr Gift Card

I would vote for Barclay Prime, hands down, if you plan on using the whole amount in one night. Even without alcohol, you can certainly spend $200 there and their steaks, apps, and sides are great. You could also spread it out over two nights with a stop at Buddakan and Alma de Cuba. You might go over a little bit, but again, without alcohol, you would be close.

Jun 24, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

MainLine Italian grocery store

I'm a big fan of Carlino's. An Italian place just opened up inside the Ardmore Farmer's Market, too, I believe. Can anyone confirm?

Jun 13, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Cheez Whiz Question...

Here's a great article on the subject:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/200...

My personal preference has always been good old American wit', but I do like provolone and even whiz from time to time.

Jun 13, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Need recommendations for Philly BYO dinner crawl

Again, I know this is an old post, but rabidog, the wine you are referring to was probably Caymus Conundrum. Very good stuff.

Jun 05, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

dinner favs near Bryn Mawr Film Institute?

I agree with the Sola recommendation. It has been top notch on every single on of my visits.

Jun 04, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Essies original

Yocco's, in Allentown!?! They're the best.

Jun 04, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania

Barry's Steaks - Review

Any further reports on Barry's? Just wanted to hear back from anyone else who has tried them....

Jun 03, 2008
Decker in Pennsylvania