Just wanted to let everyone know what an incredible place this is. We're from North Carolina and I was determined to find great Italian in Philadelphia b/c the pickings are thin locally. No reservations hurt some since we have a 3 year-old and we did not arrive until 5:50. We waited about 40 minutes a Saturday night. We were also not prepared for the BYO wine. Of course this was all our fault.
However, the food, service and price could not be better. Actually, I thought I would be paying twice as much before I left. Bucatini and Paccheri were incredible. Octopus special and whole fish were sublime. I thought the Fagliolata was also very good. Just got back from SF and had a great time but this was just as good but much less expensive.
Also ate at SideCar for brunch. Another great experience. chicken and waffles, Challah French Toast, crab omelet, and bloody mary's were something to write home about.