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“Very good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ariano

Ariano
114 South Olive St., Media, PA 19063
(610) 892-6944
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Ranked #6 of 105 Restaurants in Media
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

This restaurant is a great neighborhood gem! It is BYOB right now but also features a full bar. The staff told us that in a few months they will be eliminating BYOB. The pizza on the menu is just amazing! I've been here 3 times and each time, I've ordered a different kind of pizza. They were all excellent! The only downside is that they seem to be understaffed on crowded nights...which makes for slow service.

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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Philadelphia area
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful outdoor dining find.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

A couple invited us to dinner at Ariano's. Had never heard of it before. We were seated in the second floor outdoor dining area overlooking Olive St, as requested. Just as many indoor tables but we took advantage of a wonderful June evening outside. While this was BYOB, it now offers a full bar. Many diners brought their own wine, either they did not know or that was their preference. Ariano's makes their own sangria, which was wonderful, if not a little pricey at $25/carafe, but when you think you get 4 or 5 glasses, it works. Menu has every kind of pizza imaginable; we ordered the Michael (meet and cheese) and the Cardinale (veggie) along the house salads and appetizers. Amazing what shaved cheese and olives does to a salad! Apple cake and gelato for dessert; gelato was outstanding. Food and service were as good as it gets.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Media, Pennsylvania
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Buono”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Went twice, once for lunch with the family, after Media street fair and had wonderful wood oven pizza and arancini. My nephew, who is a pizza enthusiast, loved the pizza. Went again with my daughter for dinner and it was just as wonderful. Definitely will go again and again.

Visited February 2012
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San Faustino, Italy
1 review
“Gloppy food with no flavor”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

The problem at Ariano's is the VERY mundane, no-taste, imitation Italian food.

Sure, the atmosphere is OK and the staff is overly nice (because they know the food is very mediocre!) but if people here say they like Fellini's in Media then it explains why there are unjustifiable, stellar reviews of Ariano's ...because the local Fellini's in town is awful too.

First off - let's begin with flavor at Ariano's: there is none. You don't even get that 'ahhhh Italian food smell' as you enter - first danger sign here.

This is an Italian restaurant where the cook is probably from Mexico !

Ever been to an Italian place with NO garlic in anything?? Me neither! NO fresh basil, no pine nuts, no real, fresh-tasting flavors = no soul. The food has no real ingredients. Usually Italian chefs "hunt the world over" for the best parmesan, best meats, cheeses and spices, etc., but obviously, there's NONE of that at Ariano's. It all tasted like it was made from the same pan.

The gustatory foodie experience here was like getting prepared Italian food at a grocery store from Pathmark or WaWa or Taco Bell. Very blah.

The essential taste at Ariano's is the cheapest food combinations one can find anywhere and everything on our entree plates tasted like PAM non-stick spray, especially the roasted potatoes.

The 'Arian Irpino' grilled vegetables appetizer -- hard to mess up -- was mediocre and the veggies all tasted the same.

Their 'Arancini rice balls' (this is Italian?) were hard as rocks...fried to a golf-ball consistency, they were supposed to have proscuitto in them but there was no ham and no tomato either, just a glob of mozarella inside. In fact, anytime Ariano's says there's proscuitto in a menu entree, the food shows up with almost no proscuitto...although you are certainly paying for it!

Their run-of-the-mill 'Pollo Bianca' was the same way - they were all chicken roll-ups, hard as stones...with just a VERY thin, remnant of proscuitto -- topped with a "white wine sauce" which was a thin, tasteless white flour gravy.

Of course, in a REAL Italian restaurant this white wine sauce would've been a true, delicate, flowery, white wine reduction -- freshly-made with a hint of onion, garlic and maybe thyme, salt and pepper with -- I guess -- some FLAVOR maybe?? Nope not here. It's all fast food, made with no pride...any source of Ariano's white wine is certainly cheap pedestrian, cooking sherry.

I apologize for being harsh but this dinner was over $100.00 !! A waste of MY money!! Do you get the idea here - this is Italian food in seven ingredients or less...and we got ripped off.

My client had Esperenza ...we all tried some, and again, it had no flavorful taste! Tfew bits of psincah looked like ony shreds of oregano there was so little, and except for an overly sugary ricotta slathered between two thick boards of plywood eggplant this had no complex fresh flavors. Even the very Chef Boy Ardee "aurora vodka sauce" had no taste of traditional heavy cream, eggs and tomato puree -- as one would expect at a real Italian spot -- especially one that is so close to Philadelphia.

Overall, Ariano's is supposed to be Italian -- where's the gusto? The passion for food? The kitchen needs help and direction and they need to buy REAL FRESH INGREDIENTS that excite tastebuds.

There are no distinctive flavors at Ariano's...and the entire menu is like a trip to The Olive Garden, except Olive Garden is not afraid to use garlic, spices, fresh handmade sauces and real olive oil and daily, freshly-made sauces!

Perhaps these guys should just stick to making only pizza -- a wood-fired oven disguises the lack of interesting and fresh, innovative ingredients not found in their entrees or appetizers.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Bismarck, North Dakota
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Ariano's is Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

The lobster/risotto balls were fabulous (can't recall their full name) and the gelato was heavenly!

Visited December 2011
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