Main Line, Philadelphia PA - SAVONA, a completely renovated Italian restaurant located at the historic headquarters of America's third Vice President Aaron Burr in Gulph Mills Pennsylvania and is going on 20 years of culinary excellence. Evan Lambert, the charismatic co-owner explained how a simple kitchen remodel turned into an entire restaurant makeover. The end result is an enchanting must see creation. With a completely visible kitchen framed in glass, open architectural views, and a peaceful ambience in which to relax and enjoy. See.. Savona on the Main Line Completes $1M Renovation
Matching such a stellar environment with a menu that is equally amazing would seem to be challenging, but mission accomplished. Executive chef Andrew Masciangelo and co-owner dazzled us with his creativity and attention to detail. Putting forth a captivating menu with unique Italian flair.
The night began with a gracious greeting and a lemon basil martini that was a bright effervescent start to a flavorful evening. The wood stone oven flatbread pizzas were spot on and feather light. Perfectly breaded salmon cakes and risotto along with a tuna tar tar on a potato crisp proved the appetizers to be on point.
We were then escorted upstairs and seated by SOVONA's wonderful wait staff, it became clear that this orchestra was exquisitely conducted. General manager Maximilian Grange and his team will make sure you have everything you need and sommelier (wine expert) Michele Konopi will assist you on the perfect pairing of wine to dish.
Impressive is an understatement. 5-second tuna is a crudo dish taken to the next level with calabrian chili, paired with the yellow tail and matchstick radish and lemon meyer finish was a light and tangy start. Chef Masciangelo's veal and ricotta meatballs were unbelievably tender and spiedini skewers with Kobe beef and swordfish left me mesmerized.
Grilled octopus was another unique and exotic change of pace from the norm. This was followed by a main dish of spaghetti " alla chitarra " with its spicy warm sauce and tender shrimp which was tremendous. The only sorrow I had was there were so many choices I couldn't try them all in one sitting. Thankfully SAVONA's menu is online and one can simply view their desires prior to venturing into this fine upscale establishment.
There was little room left for desert, but that won't stop you from sampling their homemade gelato's and sorbet selection. If you’re looking to impress, have a sophisticated night out, or just haven't experienced the restaurant with the largest wine selection in Pennsylvania yet. SAVONA should be your next Main Line destination.
ABOUT SAVONA - Savona’s dedication to seamless service and extraordinary food has garnered both regional and national press attention. Savona is a Zagat rated Top 3 Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia and was awarded Main Line Magazine’s Best Restaurant of 2013. Likewise, Savona received 3 bells from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s lead restaurant critic, Craig LeBan and is an AAA Four Diamond Restaurant. In 2005, Savona Co-Owner Evan Lambert was awarded Restaurateur of the Year by the Delaware Valley Restaurant Association.
Perched on a hilltop in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Main Line, rests SAVONA. Savona was once headquarters for Revolutionary War figure, Aaron Burr. The restaurant is now a Northeastern Corridor destination for fine dining and casual sophistication. Consistent, creative, high quality dining and seamlessly orchestrated service has been the hallmark of Savona’s success for over 19 years. Executive Chef, Andrew Masciangelo’s world class cooking is backed by the largest wine cellar in the state of Pennsylvania, offering guests over 1,200 selections. For more information, visit www.barsavona.com.