My colleagues and I were in town for a conference and decided to give this place a try. We were originally going elsewhere but passed this place on the way and opted to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The location on 17th and JFK (with the entrance on 17th) readily stood out to us. The ambiance appeared quite inviting from the outside. We were seated right away without a problem even though we did not have reservations. The person who waited on us was clearly very experienced as he was on top of things most of the night. The atmosphere was quite fine for us. It was a little loud but we were able to carry on a conversation and no other party's conversation carried to our area in a manner that was distracting. We started with the large antipasto misto which offered a huge amount of food; it was almost too much for the three of us. It is probably better to get the smaller portion unless there are at least four or five in your party. But we indeed found the mix of meats, olives, artichoke hearts and bread to be fantastic. I then had the the homemade corn chowder which was very tasty. For mains, I got the trout which was very nicely done. It had a very pleasant taste and was not fishy at all. One of my colleagues had the butternut squash and smoked chicken ravioli. He said it had a very nice taste but was too much for him to finish. They offered a smaller portion and he regretted not scaling down. My other colleague had the meatballs which came as three huge portions. He also had the crab cake and this turned out to be more than he could finish. But he was very happy with the taste. The prices were about what you would expect for this type of restaurant in downtown Philadelphia. I would recommend giving this spot a try if you are looking for Italian in the downtown area.
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