Philadelphia, Pa - This past September, the team from LDV Hospitality, launched Scarpetta Philadelphia on Rittenhouse Square. Scarpetta is named after the Italian phrase fare la scarpetta, which means to savor a meal to the last bite.
What is more to enjoy than some delicious hand-crafted drinks and upscale Italian food? We stopped by to sample some upscale Italian dining and their happy hour offering guests half off all cocktails, wines and beer from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Sunday – Friday in the downstairs lounge. Also see.. Philly's: Happy Hour in America’s Best Beer-Drinking City
The kitchen is headed by executive chefs Jon Oh and Jorge Espinoza. Upstairs the restaurant is totally renovated from its days as the former Smith & Wollensky, the main dining room is decorated with a true minimalist, contemporary design, meaning white oak, marble, and distressed leather across the 7,000 sq. ft., 150-seat dining room.
Downstairs in the lounge guests can enjoy a sampling from the bar bites menu, as well as the full restaurant menu. Bar bites include Arancini, Formaggi, Salumi, Beef Tartar Crostini, Seared Rock Shrimp, and Mozzarella In Carrozza. We enjoyed some bar bites and the Scarpetta-staples: house-made Spaghetti with tomato and basil, Creamy Polenta with truffled mushrooms, and Braised Short Ribs of Beef over vegetable and farro risotto from the dinner menu.
The wine list here offers a variety of Italian options, but we prefer a nice strong drink. Some of our cocktail favorites include: the Cucumber Gimlet with Absolut Elyx, cucumber, lime, and freshly ground black pepper, the San Remo mixed up with Woodford Bourbon, Carpano Antica, Campari, St. Germain and citrus; Negroni Invecchiato crafted with Plymouth Gin, Carpano Anitca, Campari and orange; and the Palermo Old Fashioned made with Maker’s Mark, Nonino Amaro, and vanilla bean.
Scarpetta's Chef Jorge Espinoza - Though Mexican by heritage, Espinoza’s true passion lies in Italian cuisine. A butcher turned high-end chef, Espinoza grew up in Gueretaro, learning the art of cuisine from his parents, both excellent cooks. He began his stateside cooking career in New York City, eventually linking up with chef Scott Conant in 2003. Along with Antonello Paganuzzi, they would go on to open the first location of Scarpetta in 2008, an imprint that would eventually expand to multiple cities, including Philadelphia in 2016.
Scarpetta now offers both lunch and dinner. A prix fixe lunch menu is available for $28. A special Tasting Menu is offered Sunday-Thursday for $75 per person with $30 optional wine pairing. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
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