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bellini grill review

nittany | Sep 24, 2003 10:34 AM

that is where we picked to do dinner for my folks for their 30th anniversary (if you remember my posts it was for 6 of us, so i was trying to keep costs down, and they were coming from the ritz and then headed to the show at the kimmel)

It was fabulous. Service was wonderful, food was even better. We started off with a champagne toast (they even had champagne glasses, which i've rarely seen at byos). Then a plate of calamari and red peppers. both sizeable and both excellent.

My one pet peeve here was the owner/waiter kept trying to get us to order more (ie: antipasto "family style" which is per head) to get the bill up. I totally understand why he did this, but we just couldn't eat all of that and since i was doing the ordering, i was pretty firm with him, and he backed off with no more problems.

Dinners were sirloin entree, veal saltimboca, veal and crabmeat, zuppe de pesce, bresceole (i'm sure i butchered that spelling), and a seafood and angel hair special. Prices were from 15 (for the veals) to 18 (for the special and the steak).

Only complaint was the sirloin, it was just "eh". But everything else was wonderful, each entree better than the next (my dad purred when he saw the zuppe). Service was very attentive, wine glasses and water were constatntly refilled. Portions were large, very tasty and well presented.

We had no room for desert but had to order 2 for the table to "try". We had the canoli and mud pie. Both were above average, and were briced at 4 and 5 bucks respectively.

My parents were thrilled. They rarely go out in philly and when they do, it's usually to a striped bass, le bec, etc.. and they have been very disappointed. We had a great time and I would not hesitate to go back, I hope they do very well (it was kinda empty when we got there at 6pm saturday, but filled up nicely by about 7:30)

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