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Restaurant Week - sort of long - report - Davio's

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Restaurant Week - sort of long - report - Davio's

Steve | Jan 25, 2004 10:38 PM

Looks like I'm the first one to report on a Restaurant Week restaurant. That's cause it started today. As we drove by La Boheme it was full. I parked in front of the restaurant in the Sofitel and it wasn't! (This was 6:30 (Sunday).

We had 5:30 reservation at Davio's and by 8pm when we were leaving the restaurant was about 60% full (mostly large parties of 6-10 people, and no new customers coming in. Nearly everyone seemed to order from the RW menu section.

It was a short meal because the food came fairly fast. In fact, I was surprised that when we ordered the Restuarant Week Menu (Printed on the lower 25% corner of the menu), the waited asked that we choose our dessert at same time as the appetizer and entree.

I need to say up front, that this was first time there. The room was nice and service professional. I was surprised it wasn't noisier with the hard walls and ceiling.

We didn't get creative with trying various things. Of the four appetizers, one was a salad - the ones I saw were simple - a soup - another item I forgot and a pasta dish. We both chose the short pasta with bolognese sauce with meat. It was small but rich. (it would have been $10.00 on the a la carte). I did have to ask for grated cheese.

For entree we both had the Veal Shank with white beans and vegetables. The portion was substantial (lots of folks seemed to be ordering it) and it fell right off the bone. Not the mest I've had - I used to love Judy's Cafe version - but very nicely plated. Of the four desserts we chose two: The candied apple cheesecake with gelato on side (a tad too sweet) and the Chocolate mouse atop chocolate cookies which we thought was scrumptious.

So the above is what you received for the $30.00. There was no wine list presented. When I asked about wines by the glass there were four reds and a while announced. I was then told there "upper end wines by the glass". We both ordered the house merlot which was a vineyard I never heard of. The Large wine glases were delivered and so were 2 6 ounce carafes which the waiter used to pour one in each glass. It was pleasant wine. When check came the price was $9.00 each - plus the Philly 10% tax.

We passed on coffee. So the bill, before tip, was $93.00 for two.

We're glad we went to experience it, though we both agreed that there was nothing here - at regular menu prices ($24- $32 for entrees without vegetables and $20.-$24.00 for entree sized pastas) which would have us running back before trying other places. I did notice two women who appeareed to be business types, siting at different sections of the bar and eating dinner. My guess is that the restaurant draws business people who stay at the Westin or other area hotels.

BTW, with your check you get the certificate to get you $8,00 parking at many area lots. Walnut St is, of course all Valet Pkg zone (I noted many foks not reading the signs and who will probably get tickets. Luckily, it was Sunday and I found a meter on Sansom St.

Well the report was SUPPOSED to be brief but turned out longer than expected!

Tomorrow is another day and another Restaurant!

I'll be looking for other reports as the week continues.

Steve

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