Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TREDICI IS CHIC


One of the things about working at the location I do now, is that I'm a hop, skip, and jump from downtown Philadelphia. I find myself able to go and meet friends who livei n the city more frequently now. During the week, I mostly cook at home, but I'll allow myself one night to eat out and enjoy a happy hour or three. Last night after work, I met a reader of mine Cello Josh. We met three times before at concerts for Well Strung, but this was a spur of the moment get together and I was dying to hear all about his symphony trip he had the pleasure to go. Our symphony here is extremely talented, and they just went on tour to Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. With Philly also having a ton of new restaurants opening like crazy, it was like where to go. Philly is a huge foodie's heaven. The number of dinning establishments is getting staggering. But I suggested Tredici. Boy...mama is here to tell you, we were not disappointed. And it was right in the gayborhood. Note the pride flag on the street signs above. Cool right?
While Zavino might be the darling of 13th and Sansom, her little sister  showed up in town, and you should really meet her. From the outside, the light spilling from Tredici’s windows was cool and white, and the glass appeared to be sweating. We could see the crowd—at the bar, clustering around the host’s stand. Inside, it was a wall of noise, like stepping into the middle of a party that’s been going on without you for a good long time. We were lucky. We snagged the only open table on the floor.


Tredici might pitch itself as an Italian restaurant, but that’s just style. That’s just putting on a fancy scarf, smoking Gauloises and calling yourself French even though you were born and raised in Kalamazoo. Most of the best things about Tredici aren’t Italian at all. That five-dollar half-pour of Terrapura sauvignon blanc? It’s from Chile.  Half-glass pours are genius. They’re not rare or anything. There are plenty of restaurants out there who do them. But at Tredici—with its globe-trotting menu and broad spectrum of influences—the half-glass thing makes a particular kind of sense. First, they’re cheap. The highest price for a half-glass is $10—and that’s for a half-pour of 2004 Dom Perignon. Most of the prices hover closer to the $5-to-$6 range. And Tredici isn’t pouring light...my kind of place dears.


And the food was amazing!!!!! We basically got the same thing.
Mediterranean board

Roasted Cauliflower

Pana Cotta

The best coffee I've had in ages.

And the bartenders are phenomenal. I sank about four of these before dinner. A Gin and Elderflower with a splash of juice, hint of cucumber, and garnished with little flowers!
I'm pretty sure this will be my new favorite place in Philly. At least from what I remember. The interior was cool and chic, good vibes all over, and excellent food and service. And Josh the only I problem was with the table legs and their position? He said he kept grabbing the leg because it was in the way. I said hon, that 's not the table leg. 

Or maybe I was just drunk?

18 comments:

  1. Mmmm, the food looks amazing! That's what I would have ordered too.

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  2. Ah, the old grabbing the table leg trick! Letting out my inner Maxwell Smart there. This would be more appetizing to me if I hadn't just eaten a tuna sammich.

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    1. I love tuna. Tuna subs are my favorite with a splash of vinegar and some onions with grated parmesan cheese on top. YUM!

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  3. I just had a hunk of baked mahi-mahi for dinner. WHY no pix of cello josh? and did his hand slither up your thigh...

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    1. Ooooh, slither! Maybe he let his fingers do the walkin'.

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    2. We didn't think to have picture porn with each other and I do believe he thought it was his bow!!!

      You can click Josh to see him in this post.

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  4. Thank you , thank you, thank you! I have been hearing great things about this place. I will have to go. And your right about the dinning down here...it has blown up! There must be like 4-5 restaurants on one block now.

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  5. OMG! Phenomenal!!!!!!!!! Love the street signs there. How cool is that?

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  6. Oh man does the look and sound great! Even better when two artist get together. When I lived in Philly 8 years ago the scene was busting with new establishments then.

    I miss Philly daily.

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  7. It is a chic and fun, welcoming looking place. The food and drinks look scrumptious and divine. A perfect setting for two of Philly's luminaries to congregate and shine.

    The rainbow sign is awesome!

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  8. We always try a new place when were downtown. We have been there and found it a casual, yet elegant cuisine, to be found. It was quiet a lively place. I would have loved to been there to hear about the trip of the symphony.

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  9. Are you sure you order off the menu???

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  10. Four cocktails?!? I'd been on the floor. They do look yummy though as does the food.

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  11. Looks like a wonderful evening and get together for me. My experience from Philadelphia is it is one of my favorite cities to dine in...probably rivaling Nyc.

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  12. Looks like fun, I really should get out more often.

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  13. The hard decision is where to eat.There are so many places. This places looks. I peaked at their menu, I love it.

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  14. Four cocktails? I'd be under the table after two nowadays. That roasted cauliflower looks very tempting.

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