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Melograno Revisted

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Melograno Revisted

wendyphilly | Mar 25, 2005 09:51 AM

After a horrible experience at Melograno last spring, I swore off the place. However, I decided last night to give it another try. I was drawn in by the warm lights and inviting windows. However, I don't think its possible to squeeze another table into the restaurant. The tables are so close together, that literally only one person can walk between the tables at a time. And if the food wasn't so good that you couldn't resist overeating, it wouldn't be a problem. I still think we got the best table in the house, a two-top on the wall across from the kitchen so we only had one table next to us to share our conversations with. The food was perfect. I started with the arugula salad served over parma ham. The salad ($9) was perfectly dressed and the italian cheese on top of the salad was the perfect compliment to the slight bitterness of the arugula and the sweetness of the ham. My friend had the white beans with shrimp and calamari ($9). She devored it, but I must admit, I stole a bite and I swear that it tasted like marijuana, an odd but expensive herb. I'm not sure if maybe there was too much oregano or something. For my entree, after reading posts here, I chose the pumpkin gnocchi ($18) which were devine. Cooked perfectly with a sage brown butter sauce and small chunks of mushrooms and pancetta. The dish was devine. The portions were very generous and so that pricing seemed very reasonable. My friend had the seared bronzino filets served with crispy artichokes and grilled asparagus (instead of mashed potatoes) ($22). Again, the portion of fish was very generous. The fish was prepared perfectly, with a crispy finish. The artichokes were good, but they were marinated and it was a strong compliment to the fish. One further comment, the bread was truly devine. I'm not sure where they get their rolls from, but the crust was perfectly crispy with a soft but dense interior. Dipped in olive oil, I could not resist carb heaven. I highly recommend Melograno, barring the potential for a long wait (45 minutes on Thursday at 7:30pm - not too bad) and the cramped space.

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