After being initially unimpressed, we returned to Primadonna this month on the recommendation of friends. We ended up eating there twice within a few weeks time. (It's at 1506 Spruce St. in Philly.)
Both times, our food was excellent. I'm sure it helped that Nunzio (of Monte Carlo Living Room fame) had been in and out of the kitchen during the day, but I think that this place has gotten its act together.
Appetizers: Al had the "soup" special, which was really a small bouillabaise. He compared it to the one at Tre Scalini, which he orders often. I had an excellent arugula salad, with the usual accompaniments - well done and generous.
At another meal, Al had the calimari, which were also topnotch.
Entrees: We've been sticking to the pastas, though the fish and meat going by have looked really good. My pumpkin ravioli were outstanding; very light, and not too sweet. Al had a spaghetti (or linguini) Bolognese, which he said ranked up there with the best of them.
At another meal, we had the house special canneloni - very rich and delicious. I made the mistake of ordering the entree portion, which was too much for me - the appetizer portion would have been enough for a main course.
People near us were having the scallop special (looked great), the filet, and other menu items.
Service was friendly and efficient.
Al liked the pumpkin pie with plums and orange slices better than I did. It was good, but not sweet enough for my dessert cravings. I heard raves about the creme brulee.
Primadonna has a liquor license now, but there is a sign up that says you can still bring your own wine.
The location near Broad St. makes this a very convenient place for before a concert. It is casual and pleasant, and even though it was crowded, we could hear each other talk - I think because of the high ceilings.
This place met with one of my criteria: there were dishes that I wanted to order again. I hope they keep up this level of food and service.
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