Rittenhouse Square continues to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Philadelphia. And one reason is the vibrant retail, restaurant and cultural scene that is emblematic of the area.
A recent addition to this thriving trend is the latest jewel in Stephen Starr’s crown: Il Pittore. The sizable skylight, exposed brick walls and wide planked wooden floors give the place a clean, modern air of casual elegance–which is echoed in the food and the service. The easy sophistication of Il Pittore also seems to mirror that of its surrounding neighborhood.
Starters, which range from $10-$17 encompass a variety of items; some highlights include a trio of crudos (Italy’s version of ceviche), braised octopus, and foie gras.
The pasta course, priced from $13-$16 offers smallish portions, obviously designed to be an intermezzo as opposed to a main course. Particularly delicious were the Corzetti with braised goat, mint, and chili oil, and the Duck Agnolotti.
The main courses, priced between $24-32, were deftly turned out. The braised veal cheeks were stunning, served with polenta and blood orange marmalade and the swordfish with chick peas and smoked tomato broth was similarly delicious.
And finally, the desserts were all a dessert should be. The Creme Brulee Napoleon with pistachio tuilles; the Gingerbread Pear Crisp; and most of all, the Chocolate Bomboloni were all quite memorable.
As places like Il Pittore continue to populate the urban landscape of Rittenhouse Square, the area will remain the top neighborhood in the city. To find a great townhome or condo in this beautiful area, call Jonathan Fink, Real Estate Consultant today.