If you are a first-time in Philly then this is the place to be. If you are into Italian food, Le Castagne can offer you authentic pasta dishes at its best. Try the Gnocchi, it??s the best one I??ve ever had in my life (no kidding!) The place is cozy and the staff are world class. Great food; great place; what more can you ask for?
Excellent place! Le Castagne is as close to perfection as any restaurant is going to get. The food was glorious. Everything was prepared and presented with elegance and high-regard. I had the Peperone ripieno and Gnocchi al tartufo bianco as they were both recommended in previous reviews and they were both delicious. If you have been to Italy and know how good their food there is, all you have to do is go to this place and your taste buds will think you are there.
Last March when I visited Philly I went to Le Castagne and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Therefore, it was only but natural that I go again the moment I went back to this Philly. Did I enjoy my meal this time around, yes! Their standards have been maintained and they have kept every meal as authentic as possible. Staff was very welcoming and hospitable - very attentive but not overbearing. Menu had a good variety and food was wonderful! See you again, guys, on my next trip to Philly!
The best Italian food I've ever had. Definitely sets the standard. At this point, I don't see any reason why I should go to any other Italian place in town. They are never as good as Le Castagne. I've been going to this place for quite sometime now and it seems that the staff has remained the same. Service is fabulous; food and ambiance are superb and it's good value for your money.
Magnifico! This place is still one of my all-time favorites. The wait staff and the owner are the friendliest people I??ve ever met. It's a great family restaurant as well as a great place to take your date. Be sure to try the Gnocchi al Tartufo Bianco and Petto di Pollo alle Castagne. These two are sumptuously delightful. I also love the Italian feel in this restaurant. My friends and I had a wonderful time. The owner was really nice; he even gave us samplers of their Choco Cherry Puddings!
Took my mother there for mothers day last May. Arrived 15 minutes earlier than my reservation. Sat at the bar and waiting for about 30 minutes, but I was patient because the place was packed. Watched a table of 8 get seated before me (that arrived well after me)....so I asked the hostess when my table would be ready. She apologized and said that their reservation was before mine, and that I need only to wait another 15 minutes, and was apologetic. I accepted this, because for the 5 years previous, my bi-monthly/monthly visits had been nothing short of pleasant and wonderful.
Then, another gentleman walked in and sat next to us at the bar...alone. He asked the barmaid for a table in the back and said, "I want a table in the back". The barmaid walked to the hostess and talked for a minute or two, and all of the sudden this chump gets seated in the back....all with me staring down the hostess like a bull at a matador.
She actually had the guts to say, "I'm really sorry, but we accidentally gave your table away". She offered us free drinks (when we've been sipping on martinis for an hour already)....way to be responsible!!
My mother interjected that we watched the entire atrocity unfold...to which the hostess said sternly, "We would NEVER to that on purpose!!".
After lightly scolding the hostess for daring to raise her voice to my mother.....instead of leaving (like any NORMAL person), I left my faith in Anthony, the manager whom I had known for 5 years, who had been known to take special orders (with 24 hours notice) just to have their amazing branzino that my fiance loved so much. Crappy day, but I figured we'd eat for free and just chalk it up to a long day for the hostess (see how retardedly easy and forgiving we are? LOL).
Service was great as always, and food was nothing short of delicious (though diluted from the steam still pouring from my ears).
When the manager Anthony came, I told him the story, and told him politely that his hostess (later found out was also his WIFE) had no right yelling at a patron, especially when she was neither rude nor yelling at her.
Anthony's response blew my mind....."Jim, I'm really sorry that we ruined your Mothers Day". It took every ounce of my self control not force his nose through the back of his head.
My mother wrote to Skip De Masci (spelling could be wrong....one of the 3 owners with Anthony)...who attempted to contact me to attempt to make amends...but to be honest....a LIFETIME of free dinner wouldn't convince me to go.....and even if accepted I would have a difficult time stopping myself from river-dancing on his face.
Do NOT go here unless you are confident your service will be PERFECT, because you will be insulted and uncompensated. The food is good, but you can find better and cheaper elsewhere in the city.
Pros: Great food
Cons: Management is heartless and careless
We recently had dinner at le castagne with family visiting from europe. The service was terrible from the moment we walked in the door. The hostess had trouble locating the reservation although it was confirmed. The wait staff was disinterested and seemed bored with their duties. The waiter who came to give the specials had difficultly describing them and acted as if he didn't know what the food was via his delivery and pronounciation. The wine steward or waiter or who ever he was had no idea who ordered the wine, poured it into a carafe plopped it on the table and walked away. We ordered Pelligrino which was poured , only to have tap water poured on top of the Pelligrino. When it was brought to the attention of the wait staff, there was no response or apology for incompetence.
The wrong appetizer was brought for one of our party and no apology. She had to wait so long for her dish everyone else was finished. Food very forgettable.
When the bill came the tip was added into the itemized bill and missing from the credit card slip. When we questioned the waiter and he said it was a computer error, we would be signing a credit slip that was $53 less than what was actually inputed into the computer. How many guests would had added additional tip not realizing that 18.5% was actually added and they didn't know???? Unfortunately we couldn't express our displeasure by forgoing the tip as it was added.
We will never go back there, it was a disgrace.
Cons: service, service, service , food
We went here the night before our daughter's college graduation. It was "just right" in that the service level, food quality, and overall atmosphere made us feel that we were experiencing a "special" night.
Prices were on the higher side, but for what we were looking for, the restaurant really worked well.
Pros: excellent food, attentive service, not pretentious.
I recently dined @ Le Castagne for my third and last time. Every other experience I had with this restaurant was outstanding...until last night. I was totally confused by the new wait staff...all of whom seemed like they have never served a table before. All of our three courses took decades to get to the table, and moreover we could not get the attention of one person that worked there to refill our cocktails. The food was not as I remembered it. The pasta was bland and my wife's $37 veal chop was over done! When we finally made it to the door after paying our bill, we noticed that the hostess along with management were relaxing at the bar with drinks in hand!!! Not a good look for a restaurant billed as "fine dining" Sadly, I have to say, my once favorite Philadelphia restaurant has gone down the tubes. Management should be ashamed!!
Center City Philadelphia is full of "Italian" Restaurants but 1 place I recently dined at is the real deal. The food is freshly prepared. You could tell is wasn't waithing in the kitchen under heat lamps for someone to order it. The pasta is heavenly. Homemade. There is no other way to describe it. Cooked to perfection. The way real Italians eat it. Not mushy and drowning in sauce. My sea bass was excellent with just the right amount of seasoning. Fish must be cooked a certain way or it will dry out - this was perfect. Of course try to save room for dessert - the homemade gelato is an excellent choice. If you know good quality food then you will enjoy this place. Obviously those that did not enjoy their food at Le Castagne are the Olive Garden type - cheap imitation "Italian" food.
Pros: Fresh pasta cooked the right way
I had visited Le Castagne on Valentines Day. First let me start by saying the restaurant is beautiful from the time we walked in we were met with an amazing atmosphere. The hostess was incredibly friendly when she greeted us and took our coats. When we sat down it was more of the same great experience the staff was friendly and happy to take time explaining how the food was prepared as well as recommend a wine to go with our meal. The food was just incredible everything was so delicious. I had the duck and my date had the ravioli with the truffle and brown butter, i tried her meal and they were both simply delicious. I've been talking about this experience for weeks with my friends. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone.
Pros: Parking next door, excellent service, amazing food.
Cons: None that i can think of.
The good service here ended with the Hostess, she did a great job taking our coats. My wife and i were waiting for the rest of our party so we headed over to the bar and had to wait several minutes while the bar tender continued a conversation with an off duty staff member. when the some of our party arrived they sat us and we proceed to wait approximately 15 minutes to receive a drink menu. once the rest of our party arrived we waited another 5 minutes and finally were given 2 drink menus, from our oafy waiter. The waiter, who had a fine demeanor was nice but his presentation of the specials was absolutely painful, he obviously has trouble memorizing. Finally after another 10 minute wait 8 of our 9 members received menus and we had to chase down the next available waitstaff (the Sommelier) to get our 9th. This is a great chance to mention that the Sommelier was a moron. The wine we order was unavailable and when we asked to see a menu he preferred to suggest something from his copy of the menu. He also was unwilling to tell us the price of his recommended bottle. he said i was "$40ish", and as we tried 3 wines from his selection he continued to pass cynical comments referring to the experience as a "regular wine tasting". the food was fine but would be great at 60% of their menu price. though the big complaint past the price was that my wife got a half portion of gnocchi and when the $17 plate arrived we all looked around for to see if there was a child in our party because the tiny portion was no bigger than kids bowl of macaroni and cheese. all in all the decor is weak and out of date, the staff is terrible, except for the hostess, the food is fair but not for the price, and if you are looking to ruin a first date or wreak an anniversary this place is perfect. Don't ever go here. and expect to wait a long long time for everything and anything.
I'm sorry to say that my experience here was awful. We had a reservation for four and were ready to have a good evening and buy food, wine, dessert, etc. We were also dressed professionally, so I don't think we were bringing down the real estate values all that much. But we were treated very poorly all the same, ignored, slow service (or no service) and the food, when it came, was mediocre at best. I think that there are other places to have much better -- and more kindly served -- Italian food in Philadelphia.
The food was very good, and the atmosphere nice, but those are the only good things I have to say about Le Castagne. The service was really poor all around. We sat at the table for about 15 minutes before we got menus and I had to even ask for them. The waiters for the most part were not very professional in the way they spoke to us being too familiar and informal and even a bit "cheeky" for a place that tries to give an upscale feel. My order was put in wrong and they brought the wrong food to me. We had to wait a long time for everything...for them to bring menus, for them to come take our order, for them to clear the table, for them to come with the check. We were told that they don't bring the check until the table asks, which is fine except that for a good 5-10 minutes there were no waiters in the dining room at all. When I went to the restroom I saw about 4 waiters standing in the back drinking sodas, so that could be where they all were. We had to send the check back twice because there were three items on them that were incorrect and that we didn't order. I have since found out that they overcharged the credit card that the bill was paid on. I will not be going back to this restaurant and I will recommend that none of my friends go there either.
I must say this restaurant was really good. We went for a very special reason to celebrate my aunt being breast cancer free for 5 years. We asked prior to making our reservation if we could have a pink table cloth on the table where we would all be sitting. The manager had no problem changing it from white to pink in honor of my aunt. It was a surprise dinner for her! Plus, the food and drinks were very good and everyone there was soooo nice! I've been there once a few years ago and I would definitely go back again and recommend it to everyone!
Pros: Staff so nice, great food and drinks!
I ate here after getting a $50 gift certificate for the place. We had to have a $100 food tab to use it. So we ordered a ton of food- we got tomato and mozzarella salad, bruschetta, gnocchi, pork tenderloin, filet, and chocolate cake for dessert. This added up to about $110. But then we had to have wine, and we were talked into a $60 bottle- we only planned on having a $30 one. So anyway, the food was really good, both the steak and the tenderloin were amazing. The only downside is that the price is kind of high, and the cheapest bottle of wine is $30. Service was great.
Pros: Food good, Service
Cons: Price, expensive wine list
My girlfriend and I dined at Le Castagne on friday night.We had an excellent time.with the extensive wine list to choose from we were paired a great bottle of wine to go with our dinner.We both started off with salad and smoked buffalo mozzarella that is out of this world.For main course i had the quail stuffed with truffle risotto and my parter had filet mignon.The filet was cooked a beautiful med-rare and the quail was unbeleivable with its rich barolo sauce and truffle flavor went so well together.We finished with desert which as tirmisu which was outstanding and the homemade gelato and sorbet which was difficult to choose a flavor.I highly recommend Le Castagne for your next dining experience.
Pros: food and wine list
After reading the previous reviews, I went to Le Castagne with somewhat low expectations. I figured I could order the gnocchi as others had said, which is exactly what I did. We split the gnocchi w/prosciutto and broccoli rabe, which was okay, not great. Unfortunately, I also ordered the quail as my main entree and it was horrible. It actually tasted like the refrigerator and barely touched the food. We told the waiter, who proceeded to do nothing, there was no offer to bring something else and no apology. He only asked if we wanted dessert and after telling us what the options were, he told us himself how one of the desserts was terrible. Clearly even the wait staff has little faith in the cooking. For a total of two glasses of wine, one split appetizer, and two entrees was $120. I would have much rather spent an additional $20 to go to Amada or Tinto (which is right down the street). If you really want Italian, go to La Viola, but definitely don't waste your money here. The interior design of the restaurant is great, but the food is certainly not worth it.
Pros: Nice interior design
Cons: Food and service are not worth it
The food was fine. The service and management were beyond atrocious.
As a party of one I was seated at the bar, which was fine. A short time later another woman was seated two seats down. She was disheveled and visibly intoxicated. She ordered a glass of red on the rocks and capellini with garlic and olive oil. Not having capellini on the menu the bartender tried to suggest other options and handed her a menu. The woman proceeded to yell, "capellini with garlic and olive oil." She eventually points to something on the menu and orders. Not having finished her red wine, she orders a martini and falls asleep on the bar once it is served. The bartender and the maitre 'd are now on the phone loudly discussing this woman. The manager comes by and wakes her, then leaves.
The woman falls asleep again, is snoring and almost falls off of the bar stool. The bartender takes her martini away. After two phone calls to the manager, he finally comes back and presents her with the bill, which she can't pay because she doesn't have money. The manager begins to argue with her. My meal is served; I have it wrapped and pay my bill while waiting. I ask to speak to the manager. I was livid; I had just spent $75 on dinner for myself and was taking it home in a styrofoam box.
His explanation and apology: "She never should have been let in, I was busy when she got here."
Had he offered me a free glass of wine for my inconvenience there might be a chance that I'd recommend this restaurant. Instead I spent $75 to listen to staff members argue, to have my meal disrupted by an unruly patron and experience the most horrendous customer service I can imagine.
She shouldn't been seated, she NEVER should have been served alcohol, the staff should have proper support in handling situations, and they should have, at the very least, apologized to any guest in the near vicinity. It was a grand display of poor management.
While the food was good, it wasn't that good.
Pros: The pasta is lovely
Cons: The staff
There are only 2 Philly restaurants on my list that are deemed as "never going here again," and Le Castagne, unfortunately, is the worse of the two evils (the other being Paradigm). Simply the worst food ever. I understand that pasta is to be cooked al dente, but not to the point where my teeth would break (not that it did, but it was very, very underdone). Maybe it was because it was during restaurant week, I'm not sure. The restaurant itself is beautiful and so was the maitre'd, but I am not going back here again.
Pros: Beautiful ambience
Cons: Not particularly memorable service, horrible food, terrible value overall
the room is beautiful, the acoustics wonderful, the settings lovely. but service is brusque, often thoughtless, verging on rude, and the food is outrageously expensive and utterly dreadful.
four of us went on a saturday night. we were seated promptly. wine was ordered. then the food came. the salads were fine, but unexciting. the ravioli special was outstanding - a game-meat stuffed ravioli with egg yolk inside, with pomegranate sauce. boar ragu cavetelli tasted like chef boyardee, the ragu virtually non-existent, the plate hot, as if it had just been removed from a microwave. then the entrees. the salmon was the size of a large sardine. lamb ($30+) was tough and tasteless, its only resemblance to lamb purely coincidental. when advised of this concern, our waitress shrugged and walked away. my stuffed pork chop was fine. my friend's veal chop ($38) was tough and tasteless. the vegetables were soggy and overcooked. then dessert - the crowning insult. our server highly recommended the chocolate filled cheesecake. the others ordered carrot cake and the gelato sampling.the gelato was, well, gelato. the carrot cake reminded us of sawdust - completely without taste or flavor. and the cheesecake tasted like moist cardboard. our waitress, a big fan of this item, inquired as to my thoughts. when i told her, she uttered the most incredible response that i have ever heard at any eating establishment:
"ME: It tastes like moist cardboard."
"WAITRESS: Oh, that happens sometimes when they leave it too long in the microwave."
She then turned and walked away to prepare our check, on which the cheesecake charge remained.
i have eaten many enjoyable meals at Panorama and expected an equivalent experience here. but this was a travesty, at over $75 per person, including 2 reasonably priced bottles of wine. the Senas have lost a customer, and hopefully will read this review and look into the incompetent oafs operating their western outpost.
Cons: everything else
I can't believe that my husband and I dined at the same restaurant that is being reviewed.
My husband and I had reservations but were told when we arrived that the only place we could sit was in the bar area. Since that is near the windows, we didn't complain. It took about 20 minutes before our drink order was taken. The appetizer was good but the rolls were hard and cold. We ordered a good bottle of wine and two different pastas for our main course. The pasta came about 20 minutes before our wine. The pasta was hard, brown on the ends and you could tell it had been plated previously and just microwaved since it came out within 5 minutes of our order. The sauce would have been better had it been out of a can. We didn't even see a server for 20 minutes to complain.
For $180 for 2 people, this was not a good experience. We will never go back there or recomend it to anyone, even though it is very close to where we live. There is a small no frills Italian restaurant right down the street at 21st and Chestnut called Palumbos which has far superior food at a fraction of the cost, and you can take your own wine.
It's obvious that Le Castagne is high priced-but the quality and taste of the food is worth every penny-especially if you go during restaurant week, which is when I most recently visited. The menu was incredible-varied selection of salads, appetizers, pastas and meat-and of course a delicious desser sampler. Everything my partner and I had was delicious-from the assagi vari appetizer to the veal scallopini-everything was cooking perfectly. The veal was extremely tender, and the service was amazing (even during very busy restaurant week).
So, if you can afford it-go. If not, wait for the next restaurant week and make reservations early!
Pros: Incredible food, fast and friendly service, easy parking
I went to Le Castagne for Restaurant Week. Nice ambiance, but had to wait at least a half hour to be seated, even with a reservation. They seated another couple that came in after us because they had asked for a table near the window when placing their reservation - that was very frustrating. But all of the food was very good. We had the platter of italian meats and cheeses. Delicious! We also had bruscetta and a pasta dish for dinner. The pasta was good, but overpriced for what it is. I was disappointed when I got my cream puffs. They didn't even taste as good as frozen store bought ones...they only had a dab (and I mean I a dab) of cream inside.
Pros: Great Italian Dishes
Cons: a little pricey
I recently enjoyed an exceptional dinner -- the malfatti with pumpkin was sinful. Every time I go to this restaurant I am amazed. The menu is innovative and interesting. They constantly achieve new highs with their menu choices. A place like this deserves best of Philly pasta and should be the best Italian restaurant in Philly. I cannot say enough about this treasure on Chestnut.
Pros: Wine list, food
Food is quite good here, the pasta excellent, and the prices reasonable. Many dishes were around $19 which is a good deal for an elegant space like this. They have a very creative menu, and could rate near a 10 if they iron out some service issues.
They seem to be understaffed. I think I saw one waiter and one waitress working the entire room, and another person taking care of dessert orders. Although our waitress was very pleasant, there were gaps in service. After being seated, we sat for perhaps 10 minutes without menus, with water glasses empty, and no drink order taken. Not a good way to start the night. It also took some time for them to bring bread to the table. Once the ball got rolling, service was reasonably good after that.
I'm also not thrilled with the mandatory 18.5% tip on a party of 5 or more. I usually tip 20%+, but being forced to tip highly for fair-to-middling service is unacceptable. The hostess and manager should be tag-teaming to help the waitstaff fill in the gaps on a busy night.
Pros: Creative menu, ambience
I am an avid reader Philly Mag and when they announce the Best of Philly each year I make it a point to search out the best of restaurants and try them for myself! This restaurant has not only the best pasta in Philadelphia but all of the food there was excellent! We went twice so far since the magazine came out and already have plans to go for a third time. This is definitely the place to go for the best food.
I dont mind waiting for a table if the food is good, and let me tell you it is!!! I would wait an hour for the gnocchi truffle. Everytime I go there the menu has something new and exciting, I tried antelope the other night and it is awesome. Everyone need to go. Great!
Pros: great food
Wine list may be great, but service is poor. Without warning, our table was given away when a member of our party ended up arriving about 10 minutes late. People who walked in after us were then seated while we waited an additional 20 minutes. We were given a blank piece of paper from a cash register when we asked for a comment card! As for the food, we never waited to find out because we left.
I have been to this establishment many times and I am always impressed by the selections on the menu. Every time I go, there is always something new to try. Their wine list is impressive with great values to be had and the cuvenee is also impressive. I recommend it to all of my friends and never heard a bad word said. The pasta is to die for and the decor is right out of Milan. (Actually it is as it was all imported from Northern Italy)
Pros: wine , pasta , dessert
Cons: stomach is to small
I was just there for a big family celebration dinner (10 adults) and it was so very good! It took us a while to figure out what to order because we loved all the dishes. The drinks are very good - even if you aren't a mix drinker like me - I got the Italian Punch drink, it was wonderful. My brother, who is a big wine person and knows his stuff, was very pleased with the selections. All of us were absolutely pleased with the entire meal, service and ambience of the restaurant. I am planning on going back soon with my boyfriend.
Pros: Food, Service, Romantic
By far this is the best Italian food in Philadelphia! The gnocchi was excellent and melted in my mouth. I had the pleasure of meeting the Chef Brian Wilson who was extremely kind and gracious. I predict that this Chef will be on of the next top Chefs in the field. You heard it here first!
Pros: Excellent Food, Wonderful Atmosphere
Cons: Bright Art on Wall
This was our second time here-the first was disappointing, but after friends went and loved it, we decided to give it a second try. Well this time was no better. The service was rude. We had to ask if there were any fish specials( there are no seafood entrees on the dinner menu). All four of us had different pasta appetizers which were average at best. The 2 fish specials were trout and bass. The bass was dry and tasteless. We ordered a red and a white wine and after the waiter opened them, we were on our own. He never returned to pour them. After dinner, we were never offered dessert or coffee, nor were we asked if we enjoyed our meal. The staff really needs to learn some manners. I will never return!!
Recently went to Le Castagne for dinner. Initially I was very excited about going there, and enjoyed a nice drink at the bar pior to dinner. The setting was excellent. After my party arrived we learned they did not have our reservations (as Jerry Seinfeld would say, "you know how to TAKE the reservation, you just don't know how to HOLD the reservation")... this is after they called us back to confirm the reservations. NOTE, they do not have assigned waiters to each table and "tag team" service (we had five waiters during dinner). This is very confusing and our order was not accurate, nor was a our bill (we were over-billed!). The food was just slightly above average, but I expected more from the price. I would not recommend this place to my friends.
Pros: Ambience, Bar
Cons: Poor Service, Noisy
Great Italian restaurant and the food is delicous! However, the wait staff is SLOW and had a bit of an attitude (we experienced everything from snotty to cocky). For dinner, I had the bruchetta, filet, and tiramisu - all to die for! My friend had the gnocchi and loved it as well. The restaurant is a little on the loud side and there is a very unattractive, fluorescent piece of art on the wall that they should take down immediately. Definitely try this restaurant, but I would suggest sitting in the front by the bar at the window so you don't have to shout to talk at the table.
Pros: Food, Location, Nice bar
Cons: Waitstaff slow, Wtstaff bad attitude
Le Castagne can best be described as upscale Italian. You may not find pizza and meatballs on the menu, but you'll always love the carefully prepared entrees, excellent service and a great ambiance.
This very modern-looking, large restaurant serves up an excellent menu of Northern Italian cuisine. I strongly recommend the mushroom puff pastry appetizer, although everything I tried was outstanding. Portions are more than adequate--unless you're truly ravenous (or want plenty of leftovers) I recommend the appetizer size of the pastas. Nice extensive wine list with choices from around the world. Service was a little spotty but not so bas as to detract from the experience. Save room for dessert!
Pros: excellent food, wine list, desserts
Recently, just got back from lunch and was overall very satisfied with my experience. The service started off a little slow as we had to wait for a menu and then to order, but once we had their attention we were well looked after and waitstaff was knowledgable about the wine list. The food portions were ideal (not so large if you want to be stuffed but enough to have three courses and not be hungry until a late dinner). I think this restaurant is a hidden gem in the corporate side of Center City. Prices were reasonable for this high quality Italian food. Just a note there is excellent homemade gelato
I have finaly found a restaurant that is so true Italian. From the moment I walked into the restaurant I felt like I was in Italy, the only thing different was everyone was speaking english. The gnocchi has to be the best in the city. I have not found one so light anywhere. I also found the veal portofolio to be so unique and extremely well balanced. Every flavor comes out in every dish. All of our guests at my table could not get enougph and all can not stop talking about it. We will be back.
Pros: taste, service
I had a highly enjoyable evening at the surprisingly un-Italian looking La Castagne. My puff pastry with wild mushrooms was quite tasty and the ahi tuna was good but not great. I probably shouldn't have ordered it at an Italian restaurant but I was in the mood, and although it wasn't exciting it was still decent. True, there are better Italian restaurants in Philly, but if you want Northern Italian food it one of the better restaurants.
It was in the top 5 of the best dining experiences of my life. We were staying in Philly The night before we left for our Bahamian Wedding. We wanted to kick it off with a romantic dinner. We couldn't have found a better place. First of all the place was beautifully decorated. A lovely combination of old and new. The service was top notch...And then there was the food......We had the Insalata Rustica and the crab cakes first....The I had the Trofie con fagioli e gamberi(reminded me of a dish my grandmother made)It was out of this world. And my wife had the Gnoochi in the tomato basil sauce(pillows of heaven). I want to thank Anthony and the rest of the staff for an unforgetable evening...
Pros: Parking next store, atmosphere
My wife and I recently had a wonderful dinner at this hidden gem of a restaurant. We dined there on a snowy night in December and had a very enjoyable meal. Even though the restaurant was slow. Each course was better than the last. I had the chestnut bisque and my wife had the puff pastry with mushrooms, which was memorable. We shared a pasta an I swear I felt like I was in Italy the chestnut gnocchi were like little pillows of pasta floating in butter and sage sauce. Yum!!! My entree was a pork chop that was scumptious and I had a bite of my wife's whole fish which was equally as good. I have not had a meal that good in a long time . Maybe it was the snow or just the romantic atmosphere but everything was great; service, food, decor.
Pros: parking, service, food
Cons: To many great choices
After my husband and I read the delightful review that Zagat's gave this new restaurant we decided to give it a try. When we arrived we were pleasently surprised as the sleek look of the dining room. It was so refeshing! Every course that we ordered was presented with perfection and the flavors that came from each dish were so pleasing to the tastebuds. We were so overwhelmed with the quality of food served to us that we couldn't resist asking for a moment with the chef. Chef Brian came to our table and so humbly recieved our praises. The staff and experience at LeCastagne was one of my most memorable meals at countless restaurants in this wonderful city. I do not hesitate in recommending this fine establisment!