Italian BYOB - Modo Mio, Monsu or Zeppoli?


(Natascha) #1

Title says it all. These are the top three contenders for a dinner next Saturday…

Let’s hear it, Philly-philes :slight_smile:


#2

For me, it’s no contest. BYOB or not, Zeppoli is the best Italian restaurant in the city or near it. Entire Vetri family of restaurants included. I could have sworn you’ve been there before, was I mistaken? If not, my favorites there include the house-made sausage and rabe appetizer, the antipasto, the pesto trapanese, and the gnocchi.


(Natascha) #3

I’ve not yet been to Zeppoli. Thanks for your input, BH!


#4

Zeppoli, although you’d better make a res fast, and it is REALLY loud.


(Natascha) #5

Looks like Zeppoli & Modo Mio will hafta be postponed for some other time. Monsu just confirmed my rez :slight_smile:


(Cindy) #6

Where, exactly, is Zeppoli? A Google search shows a restaurant by that name in Collingswood.


#8

That’s the Zeppoli.


(Natascha) #9

Yes, it’s in Joysey, but apparently just a short, sweet cab ride away.

One of these days I’ll make it there, I swears '-)


(Natascha) #10

Monsu was nice - I could see going here occasionally if I lived in the neighborhood, but I won’t seek it out as a place to which to return.

It’s really tough to find impressive Italian food, it seems.


#11

I love Le Virtu too, and they do a BYOB night (Tuesday?) too. Also Brigantessa is doing BYOB on Mondays I believe (only been there once, so can’t attest to their food).


#12

Brigantessa is OK but there’s really no reason to go there over Le Virtu unless you like the pizza at Brigantessa. Neither can hold a candle to Zeppoli though.


(Natascha) #13

I’ve been to Le Virtu and liked it, but it’s not a place I’d return to, either.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to try Zeppoli next time I’m in town.


#14

The thing to do is focus on pastas at Le Virtu, those are what they are best at.


(Natascha) #15

Oh, I’m all about the pasta when I go to Italian restos. It just wasn’t that great.


#16

You liked Monsu and didn’t like Le Virtu???


(John) #17

Collingswood is practically a Philly neighborhood and fast on transit but zeppoli is off the main drag and a longish walk to the train. Definitely Uber territory but a quick ride not too expensive but involves a bridge and toll. BYOB is collingswood’s cottage industry lots of good options but if zeppoli thrives in an off track location with all the competition it must be good. I never paid it any mind but have passed it umpteen times.


(John) #18

Hmm I love Le Virtu its Abruzzese influnce makes it one of the only Italian restaurants that reminds me of my family’s food and the pasta alla chitarra with lamb ragu i found wonderful in particular. I have had a few but very few disappointing dishes there.


(Natascha) #19

If you read my posts a little more carefully, I wrote that I liked both - but neither enough to return, given the many other Italian restaurants in Philly I have yet to try.

I might also be spoiled with great Italian food/pasta in Berlin, where there are several restaurants I visit regularly. It is what it is.


(Natascha) #20

PS: IIRC, you also loved Marigold Kitchen, which was just okay for me, and another place at which I wouldn’t spend my money again.

Limited budgets and taste preferences are likely factors here.