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La Locanda del Ghittone

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La Locanda del Ghittone

Ellen | Jun 20, 2005 10:05 AM

Just another rave about this place. My friend and I showed up at 9:45 on Saturday night with another person we'd met who was in town on business and looking for good food. She'd eaten at Ralphs and was a bit disappointed and we wanted to show her good Italian in Philly.

Surprisingly, LLDG was empty, with one or two tables on the way out. Even though the staff was clearly in the process of cleaning up for the evening, we asked if we could have dinner. They seated us and told us what the specials but then gave us time to peruse the menu and did not in any way press us to order. We were quickly given bread and two spreads: pesto and white bean. Both were excellent.

We shared an entree of the ravioli of the day as our appetizer, which was filled with a lovely scallop and [other] fish filling in their good red sauce. Fresh, hot, flavorful and tender. We all loved it. I got the special squid ink pasta with clams in a tomato-based sauce, my friend got the mussels in marinaria appetizer, and our new friend ordered another special of homemade pasta that was torn and served with an eggplant and parmesan (almost but not quite eggplant parmesan) topping. The littleneck clams were plentiful and fresh in a good garlicky tomato-clam broth, the mussels were fresh and plump in a spicy marinara, and the eggplant pasta was an absolutely delicious combination. It was late so we passed on dessert. Bill including tax was $65. Service throughout was friendly and efficient and we were never made to feel like we needed to hurry so the staff could go home.

I haven't been there since the fall and was pleased to have another great meal herer. Perhaps part of the reason everything was so great was that we were the only people the kitchen was cooking for, but regardless, I need to go back more often.

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