Melograno and often-overlooked Porcini as the third Italian restaurant on a short block. If you haven't checked out that area, you're missing out. In addition to the Italian food, Village Whiskey, Vic Sushi, Helium Comedy Club and the Adrienne Theater round it out with excellent burgers, sushi and comedy shows, plus Shake Shack is on its way this summer. Now if only the Roxy movie theater would replace its decrepit old seats...
The food at Il Pittore was very good. The service was phenomenal. The prices were steep.
I'll start with the service because we spent most of the walk home talking about it. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly, and he really knew the wine list. He even offered Bradd a taste of two different wines based on a description of what he liked (this rarely happens, if ever). When I wanted to order another cocktail - the Rye Smash btw is a great choice for spring/summer - all I had to do was turn my head around and another waiter was there in a snap to ask what I needed. Most impressive, when each dish was delivered from the kitchen, whoever brought it (usually not even a waiter) repeated all the ingredients from the menu to remind us of what we were about to eat. How nice! Who really remembers all the details after you order? Great way to re-energize us before each course.
At Il Pittore's prices, this level of service should be standard. We also spent the ride home from Mica talking about the service, but because it failed to meet our expectations given the restaurant's caliber and prices.
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Overall, Il Pittore gave an A- performance for Stephen Starr, with service as the highlight. The food was all very good, but it does reminds you why, when it comes to pasta, Marc Vetri earns an A+.
Now, if you haven't done any math yet, this was a $55 - $65 meal each, plus drinks. Most of Il Pittore's cocktails and wines by the glass, I'll add, are a few dollars more than you find at most Philly restaurants. So, you might want to reserve Il Pittore for a special night out but we do think it is well worth the visit.