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“First Rate”
Review of Varalli Restaurant

Varalli Restaurant
Ranked #616 of 4,370 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $13 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Locust Street
Description: Residing in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Varalli Restaurant reflects the elegance and artistry of its Avenue of the Arts location. A dining destination for over 24 years, Varalli Restaurant is conveniently located within a few blocks of the Convention Center, major hotels, theaters and arts venues. This restaurant boasts playful decorative accents that give each dining room the distinction of a chic gallery featuring whimsical oceanic sculptural details and a unique illuminated glass fusion mosaic. The menu’s Northern Italian and Mediterranean-style seafood dishes are works of art in their own rights and promise flavorful distractions.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“First Rate”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A reliably prompt and delicious place. No, it's not the greatest of all gourmet restaurants. But it is so darn good, so consistently high-quality from appetizer to dessert, and so convenient, with such good service, and such a fantastic sensitivity to the needs of the pre-theater diner that I have dined there over and over again in recent years and never had a bad dish, bad service, or had to dash to make a curtain. Sotto Varalli always delivers, and delivers well.

  • Visited June 2013
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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent”
Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Had family meal on arrival in town. It was opposite our hotel and we picked it for convenience. Everyone picked something different and each meal was delicious. The owner even managed to identify our regional accents - within a few miles. If I am ever in town again I will revisit.

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Thank Jill F
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Penndel, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
“Delicious food at a great location”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

As always, an excellent experience.
Started with the Crisp Zucchini appetizer and a Spinach Insalata, both fresh and delicious.
Main courses were Seafood Risotto and Agnolotti Melanzane. Perfectly prepared and also delicious.
Desserts: Grand Marnier Creme Brulee and Bread Pudding (my favorite). Have I used 'delicious' too much?
Location is great for the Avenue of the Arts, and for people watching.
Service is always the best, ask for Ed.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Bob B
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Laval, Canada
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good italian food”
Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

I took the special menu ait 45$ and every plate were very good and tasty. My wive took the gnocci and a cesar salad that stangely was'nt good at call.

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Thank Ulric M
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Kentucky
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81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“We will be back for more”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Stopped in during Beer Week for their special draft flight and flatbreads. WOW! The flatbreads were amazing! They were huge and the selections offered were superb. We got three different to share and could not decide which was our favorite! That good! We plan to go back for their Pre-Fixe menu with wine pairing! Can't wait! Also very friendly staff which is important to us when we travel. Loved it!

  • Visited June 2013
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