Known for talking with their hands, Italian chefs manage to say a lot with but a few stirs of the saucepot and a subtle sprinkling of enthusiastic, audible speech. Throw your hands in the air for those who share their fare with today's deal: for $10, you get $25 worth of authentic Venetian fare at Cichetteria 19 on South 19th Street. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only.
Cichetteria 19, one of the first Venetian eateries and osterie (pubs) to unfurl its tasty sails in Philadelphia, allows diners to imbibe their minds and mouths with a medley of meal options, a list of authentic, regional wines, and an atmosphere akin to homeland camaraderie. The menu consists of cichetti (small dishes), which are designed to contrast one another while complementing a grapey quaff. Available individually ($5), in a trio ($12), or as a family of five ($19), cichetti options include roasted shrimp with caper berries, flash-fried calamari in tomato sauce, house-made toasted bread, prosciutto and melon, and more. The remainder of the menu is occupied with fresh pizza selections such as the white Bassano, topped with gorgonzola, fig, prosciutto, and arugula ($15), and a range of prearranged plates, including lemon risotto ($21). To top off any meal, gracious guests can slide forks through rich tiramisu infused with sweet satiability and Italian grandmother hugs ($7).
Cichetteria 19 boasts warm, inviting interiors splashed with a Mediterranean palette to teleport patrons to the bygone days of the Venetian Republic, a magical time of maritime trade, courtly intrigue, and fast-paced gondola races between rival gangs of glassblowers. Render your donna mobile immobile from taste-bud euphoria with today's Groupon to Cichetteria.
- Nice spot. Wonderful food. The small plates were a real taste treat and the spicy mussels and Brinzino fish in salt was really special. Reminded me of time spent in Italy. Would return again! – An OpenTable.com user who dined on 07/27/2010
- Warm is the correct term to describe this restaurant and leaving I felt as if I was part of the family. – Mike D., Yelp
267 S 19th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103Get Directions