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Buon Appetito Report (long)

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Buon Appetito Report (long)

kagoo | Jun 20, 2004 05:40 PM

Went Saturday night for the first time. Cutting to the chase, we plan to return next Saturday.

This is a real neighborhood trattoria -- simple, unpretentious, and friendly, with great food. Husband started with and loved the mussels (in a peppery broth); I had luscious roasted peppers w/black olives and capers, sauted in the best olive oil. (Same oil came w/the good bread, and was used on the complimentary bruschetta.) A small complimentary salad dressed w/excellent balsamic and oil was a tasty surprise. Entrees: Spaghetti Bolognese for him, Gnocci for me. These dishes looked a little more heavily sauced than we would have expected, but the sauces were light and flavorful. Gnocci like soft little pillows, light as air. We cleaned our plates and had no room for dessert.

There's a full bar or you can bring your own wine. We opted not to. They are incredibly generous with their wine pouring -- for $3.75 or $5.50 you get a 6 oz. or 8 oz. glass of decent wine (in our case, merlot)-- and they fill it to the brim!!

Cannot say how impressed we were with the warmth of the owners, servers and cooks (who came out to thank us when we praised the meal), and with the quality of the food -- just the freshest ingredients, skillfully prepared. A lovely experience all around. Cost for a martini, three glasses of wine, apps, entrees and two coffees: $73 before tip.

FYI -- they're moving in the autumn (November, I think) to East Passyunk. They want to renovate and redecorate and their landlord won't let them, so they found a building of their own. They swear it will remain exactly as it is in every other way; they're not aiming to be anything fancy. We'll be there.

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