Saturday, June 23, 2007

Langostinos, Philadelphia

A local friend of mine commented on the prospect of moving to Texas: "There isn't shit for Italian food down there." He's not Italian, but it goes to show how thoroughly dependent we all are on good Italian food in this area. It's just a mainstay for everyone.

It is no secret that there are some great small Italian restaurants in South Philly. One I've been to several times recently is Langostinos on front street. I'll let you in on a secret: they have the most tender gnocchi I have ever had. Served in a gorgonzola cream sauce, the dish is remarkably light. The restaurant is quite small, takes cash only and is a bring your own bottle restaurant to boot. Make a reservation and take advantage of the opportunity to bring your own wine: this is one of my favorite things about Jersey restaurants, and I'm glad to find small byobs in Philly as well.

Another thing to note: throughout dinner, I watched staff bring in fresh food throughout the evening. It left me wondering if they weren't running out to create new specials as orders came in: a testament to the freshness of all the food we ordered.

Places like this are my idea of heaven.


At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Lilli said...

Good post.

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Langostini( known as Langostino's) is a perfect Italian BYOB restaurant, with a cozy, relaxing and friendly atmosphere. In many ways, this is an ideal spot for a couple wanting a quiet dinner or a bunch of friends who want to dine together.
The food is great, authentic Italian! Fresh home made pasta, lobster or cheese ravioli, potato gnocchi , soft, light pillows of heaven, - delicious! Wonderful fresh seafood: grilled calamari, mussels, shrimp and little necks make a splendid combination for appetizers or dinner.
Chicken Parm or Veal alla Torinese topped with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese porcini mushroom sauce, comes with grilled veggis and mashed potato or fresh pasta!
There are also weekly specials, like Eggplant Parmigan and a rotating classic Italian specialties like Grilled Veal Chop in a brandy - mushroom sauce or Chicken rollatini is undeniably great.
Home made desserts like triple layered chocolate “Amore” cake with mascarpone cream or “Tiramisu” are delightful!
Every entree but one, is under $20 and unlike almost all other center city and South Philly restaurants, there is plenty of free public parking!
Langostini is B.Y.O.B - open at 5pm for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
You can make your reservation online:

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