Who would believe that the best meal I've had this year was at a resto in Philadelphia called Il Pittore, recommended by the concierge at my hotel. Chef Chris Painter can hold a candle to any iron chef I've experienced with dishes that have nuanced layers of taste and combinations never before experienced. The winner of all dishes I tasted (not nearly enough, so I am counting the days until my return) was the butternut squash agrodolce----but sweet and sour doesn't come close to describing this masterpiece. The experience on my tongue was such an explosion of savory and sweet uniqueness......the squash was buttery, citrusy, vinegar-y, velvety. It was hard to dissect, so unusually delicious. Another big hit was the grilled asparagus in a nest of grated parmigiana sprinkled with bits of pancetta and topped with a fried egg! I managed to devour ALL the grissini, and the wine selection was expansive and thoughtful! My dining partner had a swordfish special that was presented with the fish bathed in a confetti of grilled vegetables that when tasted transported me to the fields or farmers markets in Tuscany! If you visit Philly, this is a must! It might even be THE reason to visit Philly!