Ulivo just opened and is a wonderful addition to a neighborhood already rich with charming corner restaurants. Our meals (a salmon dish and ricotta gnocci) were fresh and well presented. Both were very tasty, the salmon exceptionally so. The simple, warm decor was just right, the service courteous and attentive, though not overly so, so also just right. Big windows look out on one of the nicest blocks in the neighborhood.
Ulivo is a BYOB, but since we hadn't thought about that in advance, they served us complimentary glasses of wine (which also were good). Unlike many Philadelphia BYOBs, this one accepts credit cards (although not Discover).
The prices are reasonable, although I wouldn't consider it cheap eats, either. Appetizers and salads start around $6 and head north to $14, pasta ranges from $15 to $18 and other entrees from about $17 to $21.
The only imperfection, and it was minor, is one I've encountered at most restaurants: someone clearing before one of us was finished eating, clearing the plate of the one who had finished.
I would say Ulivo is geared toward us locals, and would provide a very enjoyable dining experience for visitors who want to avoid tourist traps. It's also worth a trip from other parts of the city.
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