Thursday, November 27, 2014
Inquirer Daily News
Melograno
Address:
2012 Sansom St.
Philadelphia , PA 19103
215-875-8116
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Cuisine type: Italian
Meals Served: Dinner - Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Style: The recent move to a larger space hasn't dimmed the magic of the city's best Italian BYOB. If anything, the long and lively rustic space has only improved the trattoria, allowing Roman-born chef-owner Gianluca Demontis the room to begin taking a few more risks, adding gutsy new dishes like snail-porcini soup and sea-flavored carbonara to an already stellar repertoire of deceptively simple but well-wrought classics.
Specialties: Grilled scallops and artichokes; snail and porcini soup; pig trotter terrine with lentils; fried chicken livers; pappardelle tartufate; paccari paccheri all'Amatriciana; carbonara with anchovies, pistachios and truffle; bistecca alla Fiorentina; pork chop; chicken alla Senese; fig-stuffed quails; balsamic-braised short rib special; tiramisu; ciabatta bread pudding.
Alcohol: BYOB. Bring an earthy Italian red.
Hours: Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 8:45 p.m. Closed Monday.
Prices: $$$