For my birthday, which fell on a Sunday this year, my boyfriend offered to take me to a restaurant of my choosing (for his last B-day dinner, I took him to Pod). I had some difficulty finding a restaurant open on Sunday that I had wanted to hit, and settled on the Italian BYO Gnocchi, below South Street on Passyunk. It was excellent!
We were seated immediately and a waitress showed up immediately to uncork our bottle of Shiraz Cab and bring over a warm basket of bread. No corking fee, by the way.
We started with two specials for appetizers: a delectable high-stack of eggplant parmesan and a lobster bisque. I can't speak for the soup, which I wasn't interested in trying, but the eggplant parm was wonderful! We inhaled it. Stacks of eggplant with wonderful layers of sauce and fresh mozzarella on top, along with some fresh basil.
Next, were our entrees. I had the fettucini bolognese. It came with a surprisingly slightly creamy sauce which was very tasty. The fettucini itself was clearly fresh. My boyfriend ordered the special ravioli with vodka sauce. The only complaint was that there wasn't very much ravioli in his dish, but he ate a good deal of my bolognese. In the end, we both ended up too full for dessert. We were planning on heading to the Dessert restaurant afterwards, but nixed the idea as we were both way too stuffed. The meal of 2 appetizers and 2 entrees came to about $44 - not bad!
We will certainly be back to Gnocchi (and maybe just split an appetizer next time!). We now have a favorite Philly Italian restaurant, and best of all, it's very close by!
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