Long-suffering East Falls finally has a restaurant worth keeping, as veteran chef Franco Faggi (ex-Franco's Trattoria) makes a soft-spoken but satisfying return to a cozy corner BYO tucked up into the hillside neighborhood. Faggi's classic northern Italian fare is simple and familiar, but carefully prepared at fair prices, and served with the kind of personal charm that builds regulars.
Antipasto; tuna carpaccio; pasta e fagiole soup; ceci soup; Gorgonzola gnocchi; tagliatelle Bolognese; spaghetti and clams; braised short rib special; stuffed pork chop special; pork scaloppine Siciliana; veal bocconcini; tiramisu; Booky's cheesecake.
It's BYOB. Think Italian - preferably something Tuscan (sangiovese), Ligurian (vermentino), or from the Veneto (corvina, Valpolicella) to accompany Faggi's northern-inspired cuisine.
Small room, tight tables, and happy customers equal big noise, hitting the low-90 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.