Last night, a few PHL Bloggers ladies, my best friend Katie, and I were treated to a lovely evening at Scarpetta for a preview of their new location in Philadelphia before it opens, along with other Philadelphia foodies. Located in the Rittenhouse Hotel, Scarpetta is set to be one of Philly’s next best hot spots. Serving up delicious Italian food, Scarpetta focuses on savoring every meal down to the very last bite.
I knew I was going to like this place by the name of it alone. In Italian, “fare la scarpetta” is the act of taking a piece of bread to scoop up the last bit of gravy (yes, gravy) on your plate. This is my favorite part of any meal, and is an important practice in my family, as it is in any Italian famigilia.
We walked into the restaurant and entered a bar and lounge area, where waiters were serving drinks to a very well-dressed crowd. We were then invited upstairs to the formal dining area – and wow, what a view! There is a fantastic view of Rittenhouse Square, with tables lined up against the windows for prime viewing pleasure.
My phone seriously did not capture how beautiful the dining space is. It’s intimate, with dim lighting creating a cozy atmosphere. We enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres, and if the hors d’oeuvres are any indication of how the food will be, you’re in for a treat.
I can’t wait to go back when Scarpetta officially opens, because their menu looks amazing, including the vegetarian dishes. Best of all, their pasta is made in house. It officially opens September 28th, but you can make your reservations now. They are currently serving just dinner, but will be serving lunch in the coming weeks.