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About this business
- Italian, European, Cafe, American, International
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Our Editors
The inspiration behind Le Castagne Ristorante's menu may come from Northern Italy, but the flavors originate much closer to home. In addition to stuffing their own sausages in-house, the chefs also hand-make every single strand, corkscrew, and tube of pasta. This commitment to detail led the Philadelphia Inquirer to hail the pastas as "the menu's highlights," and earned the restaurant Philadelphia magazine's Best Pasta title in 2006. The menu's artfully sauced pasta dishes demonstrate a clear commitment to Old-World tradition, but the chefs also flex their culinary muscles by incorporating a handful of contemporary dishes. An appetizer of salmon "prosciutto" arrives with fennel-rye blini and whipped lemon cream, and a purée of butternut squash and carrots lends a silken-textured spark to a 10-ounce wild-boar chop topped with roasted cipollini onions. Befitting the menu's focus on Northern Italian cuisine, the wine selection features a hefty number of bottles from Piemonte and Veneto; however, the list also spotlights bottles from throughout the entire country, including regions as far south as Sicily and Calabria. Towering structural columns and an exposed-brick wall may seem a bit traditional, but Le Castagne Ristorante's dining room thoroughly embraces a modern aesthetic. Sleek, clean lines abound—simple black chairs flank tables with crisp white linens and shining metal bases. Opposite the brickwork, a colorful modern sculpture adorns one of the restaurant's walls, drawing diners' gazes with its striking combination of colorful shapes.