Savona closes to renovate

After 12 years, Savona owner Evan Lambert says, "It's time to evolve" at the Gulph Mills destination.

It's closed for renovations and is expected to reopen mid-May, in time for graduations and Mother's Day.

The evolution means that Savona will break out a 30-seat fine-dining room, where traditionalists can order from Andrew Masciangelo’s refined Riviera-inspired menu.

The rest of the restaurant -- including a new, expanded bar and outdoor patio -- will serve a more casual Italian menu focused on locally available ingredients.

Prices are and will be $100 a person for fine dining. Lambert expects a tab for two in the casual section to run about $80.

The economy? "We can't avoid talking about it," says Lambert, stressing that Savona's a la carte business is "strong. We're successful in a quiet way. Our biggest hit has been in private dining. Not as many companies are doing events anymore."

Wine-by-the-glass list, under sommelier Melissa Monosoff, will expand to 50 selections.