by Lisa K. on
I was hesitant to try this place after reading some lackluster rateclubs reviews but my friend's own enthusiastic review was enough to persuade me to check out this semi commercial Italian food. I am not a fan of chain food restaurants (olive garden anyone?) but this place was nothing like an olive garden. The ambiance is quaint and the service matched the decor. Our waiter would glance at us from across the room and give us a quizzical thumbs up to see how we were doing. Kinda ballsy but he pulled it off. Deciding to try a little bit of everything, we ordered 3 dishes to share: * Fettuccine Carbonara - Spinach fetuccine with shiitake mushrooms, Pecorino and pork pancetta. * Stuffed Mushrooms - With four cheeses, and spinach * Barese - Wood oven pizza with sausage, hot pesto, tomato, basil, mozzarella LOVED the pizza but the star of the meal were the stuffed mushrooms surprisingly. The pasta was great too except I realized a week later it was not made properly. Apparently carbonara is an egg based sauce whilst this was much more of an Alfredo dish. For dessert, we got tiramisu which is my favorite dessert of all time so I tend to be lot more lenient about tiramisu just because its so damn good. Sure it's not the fanciest place in Philadelphia but if you're looking for an inexpensive yet satisfying Italian meal, this is the place to go. The best part? The bread is even warm.
by Ivory Greenland on
I would give the place a 2.5. We went here twice when they had dine about town. The first time we went it was pretty fun. You eat on beds and they come by and serve your meal on the bed. The entertainment was very new age. They had circus acts and performance art. Only drawback is that its a prefix so everybody gets served at the same time and the wait can be very long between courses. The crowd can get a little rowdy, the girls moreso than the guys. I guess its because the wait is so long, you get drunk from just drinking all night long to stave off the hunger pangs. A lot of the girls just throw their inhibitions to the wind and start dancing on the main floor or on the rafters on the 2nd floor. I guess because the club also doubles as a night club after the kitchen shuts down. Not too impressive, especially if the girls are drunk off their patooties and are not bestowed with the gifts of aestheticly pleasing features. Yes, read between the lines all you want on that one. The second time we went there, the wait between courses was so long that we began to not feel hungry after a while. Needless to say, we had to grab a bite to eat after we left that place as the portions were much smaller than the first time we had gone. You pay for the novelty. The entertainment that night was also a bit strange, even for the supper club. They hired a "gay blue bunny???" to walk around and "entertain" the guests. Basically its a middle aged, flambouyant, man, dressed in a skin tight blue body suit with rabbit ears. I didn't understand the concept.