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Best Italian Restaurant in Rittenhouse Square

Jeanhea, I can offer no assistance as my taste in Italian foods runs mostly to Italian American red sauce or like simple dishes. I can offer vigorous agreement on your ll Pittore comment regarding expense and add that while I found the food and service generally good it was not exceptional. It has been off our list after two visits.

Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook

Perhaps a quality hidden gem? Thanks for the heads up. Would have never known.

Jun 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Chiarella's and Zocalo on Kitchen Nightmares

Thanks for the link. One of the more sensitive Nightmares I have seen. Sorry to hear that they did not make it. One more example of how difficult the restaurant business can be. I hope they land on their feet.

Jun 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Chiarella's and Zocalo on Kitchen Nightmares

I do recall a few good dinners at Zocallo with some colleagues and friends from UofP. Wow, that must have been 5 or more years ago. Thought it was great then. Time, tastes and restaurants do change. So even Gordon the Great could not yell enough Fs to straighten them out!

Jun 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Bon Appetit names Pizzeria Beddia the best in America: agree or disagree?

As a pizza lover I am not sure I will find his pizza the best in America or even in the Philadelphia area. However I love the effort and commitment to making pizza the way he feels is the best. At 40 per day I may never get there in early enough to be one of the 40 recipients of his pie. But I will some day give it a try. Got to love this guy's attitude.

Jun 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recs For Restaurants Open Mondays - Center City or South Philly

I would suggest a quick reference to the meaning of ethnic provided by different authorities on word definition may offer valuable insights beyond ones personal opinions. It can be a bit complex as Spanish can be ethnic here where as in Spain perhaps Basque or another sub group would be consider ethnic. The sharing of a common set of group defining elements can define an ethnicity. IMHO if one is asking for ethic food all food other than American based (which are not many) i.e.. Italian, Chinese, Mexican are ethnic. In there own country sub groups could be considered ethnic as well as food from other countries generally.

Jun 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

American food in philly

So tell us Citizen Banshee where did you dine that first day as an American?

Jun 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Our New Favorite Restaurant: Aldine

Informative and nicely done review, thanks.

Jun 22, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Helm

Agreed, location may be an issue for many. The last time I was in Kensington of Philadelphia it was by mistake. It sure does not resemble its namesake.

Jun 21, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Pizza Detroit Style

I get by there a few times a month so I will give it a try. Sounds like one will be able to choose pizza type from Detroit or others. Mom is right on with her description of Chicago. More detail;

http://www.timesherald.com/business/2...

Jun 19, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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American food in philly

For great beef I would add The Prime Rib for the high end American Steak House feel with classic service, a great bar and piano!

Jun 18, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Pizza Detroit Style

I have had this style but did not know it was Detroit Pizza. The Collegeville Bakery & Deli has announced it will be making this type. It is a square pizza similar to Sicilian-style pizza that has a thick deep-dish crisp crust and standard pizza toppings such as pepperoni and olives, and is served with the marinara sauce on top. We like most all Pizza but favor New York style. As I recall I enjoyed the crispy relatively thick crust. It will be interesting to see how well this sells in Philadelphia.

Jun 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

American food in philly

Love the City Tavern idea; a new American citizen channeling some of the original American citizens. My guests have always loved the feel of the place and often picked quite delightful dishes. A great steak house, sure or the Oyster House. Congratulations fellow American.

Birthday dinner- Abe Fisher or Il Pittore

Seems like a cuisine choice; Northern Italian or Jewish diaspora (immigrant foods). My one dinner at ll Pittore was quite expensive with very slow service. The food that did finally arrive was good. Worth the wait? Well, we had little choice at the time but we have not returned. If Abe Fisher does for diaspora foods what Zahav does for Israeli cuisine it could be an interesting visit to a different time and style of Jewish cooking. Perhaps toss a Shekel or a Lira/euro.

Jun 16, 2015
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What a shock!

As a one time customer to each location and years apart I am most likely to be unqualified to make a meaningful contribution to this argument. However I must say on both occasions our experience was negative. Mediocre food and service with considerable attitude. And all this time I had thought it was me being over/under dressed with no necktie. Glad to get that clear up!

Jun 16, 2015
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Looking for Recommendation for South Philly Italian Restaurants after seeing The Lion King - with KIDS!

There is an easy parking lot directly across the street from Little Nonna's and as previously mentioned when on the Ave. of Arts just stay parked were you are and walk a few blocks.

Jun 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Main Line lunch

+1 for the White Dog

Jun 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Main Line lunch

+1 on A Taste of Britain

Jun 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

What a shock!

It is not without precedence for there to be significant chance when a restaurant passes from one generation to the next. Not always negative but in this case, yes it seem it was negative. Welcome back to the city!

Jun 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mongolian Grill in Trooper, PA

Jello=Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs. I just wonder how many people know? Another reason to be annoyed with Bill Cosby!

Jun 13, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mongolian Grill in Trooper, PA

Interesting, how was the jello?

Jun 13, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

If Longwood Gardens is in your plan a visit to the 1906 Restaurant on the grounds would be quite enjoyable. One can dine/lunch outdoors in a silvan glade or in the cool of the windowed dining room. Most food sites rate it 41/2 stars. Now until June 30th they are only open for lunch. You will need to check the schedule for July. There are hounds here who know the area quite well and will offer other good choices for you.

I really only keep it around for the articles... Playboy's top five cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

I quite agree on the chronic misuse of "best"!

Jun 11, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Hidden, but are they gems?

Could you note those "couple of traditional Moroccan restaurants closer to me" and there general location please?

Jun 11, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Looking for Recommendation for South Philly Italian Restaurants after seeing The Lion King - with KIDS!

A family Sunday dinner at your Nonna's. A quaint family style Italian American with some great spins on some of the old standby dishes. High quality, good service and a very pleasant venue PLUS as noted previously close to your theater.

Jun 08, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Victory Brewing Co. Kennett Square...

Never been and never will have been thanks to this post. I am quite sure, for me, it is not worth wading thru all this muck even if their brew is great. There are many sources for very good beers of all types without all these noted annoyances.

Jun 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Updates on Mainland Inn?

Any information out there on what happens now? How able would the restaurant be to proceed without him?

Jun 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Updates on Mainland Inn?

Too bad for the Mainland Inn but probably a good move for the Chef. The only thing Mainland PA has in common with Napa Valley, CA or Steamboat Springs, CO is their previous chef, Ezra Duker. Prior engagements took Ezra to high profile establishments in very popular, exciting upscale locations which are peopled by , if not big spenders, those spending freely. With more customers having an urbane and experienced palette then one might in the greater Harleysville area. The "how ya going to keep them down on the farm" scenario did seem to be a potential issue. Yes, travel, let his talents take him were they might. There is a world of opportunity out there for one of his ilk. Good luck to Ezra and to the Mainland in finding their next chef.

Anniversary dinner This Friday (5th June)

Could you narrow down your request a bit? Price range and perhaps cuisine would help. You might be a bit late at reserving the "hot" spots. You mentioned Vernick, try phoning them and think early dinner i.e.. 5-5:30.

Jun 02, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mercato

Restaurant week 3 years ago; much can change over that period. Seems you were not motivated by "love" to return again. Perhaps the "loud" kept you away. I know it would have done so for me.

Jun 02, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia