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Philadelphia: Ristorante La Buca

The Schlessmans, Jason and Celia, introduced me to an excellent Italian seafood restaurant, Ristorante La Buca. When they mentioned Italian, I assumed that they were taking me to the South End, but this is in Center City Philadelphia. The restaurant has a more European feel. It's located in a below-ground location, like many fine older restaurants on the East Coast. It's tastefully decorated and the service is formal but friendly.

We shared a tomato and mozzarella salad, which was served with fresh basil and roasted peppers. It was very refreshing and light.

For my main course, I went with the tuna, which is one of my favorites. It was lightly blackened and cooked medium rare. It was served with roasted potatoes. That meant that I didn't get to try their pasta, but the potatoes were the right accompaniment.

For dessert, I had to try the tiramisu, which was served from their dessert cart. One of the most interesting aspects of this dessert to me is that the liqueur makes it dense without feeling heavy. Ristorante la Buca on Urbanspoon


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