Philly Roundup

I’ve been terrible about blogging lately, but a recent email I drafted to a friend with some recommendations about Japan reminded me that I have so many more things to share from that trip. Which reminded me of some great places we ate in Philly last summer/fall. Which reminded me I haven’t posted any of the amazing pictures from two excellent Asian fusion type meals we also had last summer! So getting back in the saddle!

During a couple recent trips to Philly we had some excellent Italian meals. The beautifully fresh antipasti, deliciously earthy wild mushroom pizza, and the crazy decadent (but still you won’t want to share) salted caramel budino at Barbuzzo are not to be missed.

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At the more checkered table cloth style Little Nonna’s opt for classics like garlic bread, a Cesar salad (albeit made with fancy and excellent little gem lettuces and hot polenta crutons), and spaghetti with meatballs.

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And for something entirely different Serpico is an excellent and adventurous option. Peter Serpico (formerly of Momofuku Ko, which is still the best birthday dinner I’ve ever had) (https://gigglinggourmand.wordpress.com/tag/momofukuko/) turns out some deliciously creative dishes (and keeps things like excellent mushrooms simple when they need to be). Not to be missed are: some beautiful raw scallops in a buttermilk, chive, and yuzu preperation; deep fried maitaki mushrooms; and a corn ravioli with chorizo, lime, crema, and queso fresco to cut its sweetness. I only regret that we didn’t have room for some of the delicious looking spicy soup that came by and that we didn’t order the tasting menu. Next time …

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