My wife and I have dined here several times over the years.
Most recently I had family visiting and they NJ but more or less it's a suburb of Philadelphia.
I grew up out there and so I am pretty finicky about Italian food, especially southern Italian cuisine.
They had a desire to get some Italian food when visiting. I was a bit concerned and then it came to me to take them to Paravacini's since I've generally been happy with my visits.
I won't get into each entree's details but I will say that my family was quite happy with the meal.
As they eat Italian food often out where there are tons of family owned restaurants "right off the boat", that means a lot. I did not hear any complaints from them.
The wine selection is a bit weak (we had 2 bottles for our party of 5). However the bottles I ordered were decent. The Hahn Pinot (I've had before and it's fairly cheap at a store) was fine. The Barbera red It. wine (cannot recall the vineyard) was quite pleasing. The price was about the same as the inferior Hahn so we were very happy about that.
We had reservations which I think is key at least during tourist season and definitely on weekends (this was during the week). They were quite busy which is a good sign of course and I am glad to see they are doing well. I love their veal guiseppie. It's unique, a very large portion, and quite tangy and tasty to me. I did not go that route this time since my brother is very anti veal which I understand.
My only nit pick at all is that the cappellini I had seemed like they broke the pasta in half. I hate that practice and I can assure native Italians would never do that. I've been read the riot act when I worked in one Italian restaurant from quite a few Italians that were upset. I am not sure why folks still do that but it's not a deal killer by any means. If that's the only complaint out of all the food we enjoyed then I would say, "job well done".
Our service was fairly attentive and our table layout was pretty nice for a busy night.
Kudos to Paravacini's making my family's meal quite satisfying. I would have hate to let them down and that certainly did not happen.
I would suggest Paravacini's to anyone looking for a decent well prepared Italian meal that's not outrageously priced.
Side note- if you like salmon, our server mentioned it's always fresh (I would suspect not Sundays though) and sliced in house. She highly suggested it. I am just not a salmon eater accept perhaps smoked.
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