3611 Walnut St
Philadelphia , PA 19104
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
Parking: Valet parking ($15) at the Inn at Penn's Sansom Street entrance. Validated parking ($5) after 5 p.m. in the lot at the northeast corner of 38th and Walnut.
Related reviews: Penne
Cuisine type: Italian
Meals Served: Brunch Lunch Dinner
Style: The Inn at Penn has a winner in this modern Italian concept, which features original homemade pastas and an extensive wine bar. The non-pasta fare needs work, but the service is earnest. This colorful restaurant is a vast improvement over its predecessor, the Ivy Grille.
Specialties: Antipasto; lobster sacchetti; garganelli with asparagus pesto; farfalle with fava beans and yellow tomato sauce; whole-wheat pasta with brussels sprouts and pancetta; roasted halibut; seared chicken; sirloin steak with polenta; red snapper w/ lobster sauce
Alcohol: The all-Italian cellar has more than 100 choices, many under $50; some markups are unreasonably high. But the 40 wines by the glass are most intriguing.
Hours: Mon.-Fri (lunch and dinner) Sat-Sun (dinner)