On my way to work I noticed that this new additon to the neighborhood opened today.
I'm a fan of Rulli overall but a full evaluation wouldn't be fair. They need room to get their groove. They had only been open for 90 minutes. But for those that are curious I give you this:
I had a cappucino ($2.45) which was not like any Italian coffee I know this side of Rome--very mild to bland.
I picked up a bitter almond budino for $2.75 and a chocolate budino. I'm a chocolate fan. Both cakes were a fair size but both had this odd raspberry thing in the center. The cakes were not very impressive at all. Expecting Italian tastes in these sweets the chocolate was subtle and the almond was close but mild. I should have tried the polenta scone or a cornetto.
The place is beautiful with morning sun streaming through; high frescoed ceilings with a spectacular chandelier. Plenty of tables and chairs to sit. There were sandwiches and a few other pastries.
I will probably return in a month's time to see how they settle out. But right now I'm still going to patronize the Chestnut Street Bakery across the street as they make yummy treats and a good cup o' joe.
2300 Chestnut Street @ Scott
(formerly Gourmet Greetings)