Garces was close to our hotel, so it was convenient and they have a wine shop where you can buy a bottle to drink with your meal. The restaurant has a lot of hard surfaces, so it is noisy. The wine shop only stocks European wines - I think that is a bit snobbish, but the man who was staffing the shop said it was to complement the menu (balderdash, sez I). We started our meal with a charcuterie of salami made on site - it was excellent, but for pity's sake $9 for a few slices of salami. We also had an amazing cheese (ossau iraty) but it was $7 for an ounce or so. We both had a lovely fusilli with guanciale (pigs' cheeks - really) prepared like a carbonara. The portions weren't over generous, but adequate for light eaters (we are). I think this is more a place to hob nob than anything. Just a word about Philadelphia - the streets are a mess, there are more people with tattoos and body piercings than I have ever seen anywhere, the streets are also dirty and there are a lot of places where I didn't feel quite safe. We've seen Independence Hall now and probably will never go back to Philadelphia.
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