Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Salento Restaurant on Walnut Street. This Groupon cannot be used on the prix fixe menu or combined with other offers.
An enticing assortment of peninsular tastes will woo the waters of your mouth and set your deepest epicurean desires afloat. Salento Restaurant's menu features authentic flavors of the Salentine peninsula as dished up by an authentic Italian chef. Whet your appetite with an arugula salad with shaved grana and white-balsamic vinaigrette ($7.50), or treat your table to an antipasto misto plate to share ($9.50). For dinner, sea-faring foodies can delightfully dive into plates of linguini ai frutti di mare ($17.50), serving up mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp with your choice of white or light red sauce, and poultry-loving palates can get some sweet kicks with plates of pollo agrodolce ($16), which complements the savory flavors of white-balsamic-drenched boneless chicken breast with golden raisins and caramelized onions. The veal medallions and porcini mushrooms of the vitello ai porcini plate ($18.50) treat taste buds to earthy flavors, and pork chop Milanese ($18) proves that Pepperidge Farm does not hold a monopoly on delicious foodstuffs from Milan.
With tables dressed in crisp white linens and ceilings strung with chandeliers, Salento Restaurant's interior manages to radiate a quaint, unpretentious charm despite its fancy outfit—much like Matthew McConaughey in a powdered wig and 18th-century ball gown. Upscale cuisine is the focus of the family-run restaurant, but customers are invited to bring their own alcoholic beverages to pair with their meal. Crack into a bottle of Chianti from your cellar as you feast with a friend or more-than-a-friend—or take your whole family on a taste tour of Italy without having to dispose of your liquids at airport security.
Groupon not valid on 12/31/2010.
Salento Restaurant was a 2009 nominee for Best Italian by CityVoters. City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, and the Philadelphia Inquirer all have good things to say. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars:
- Salento, the second successful venture of Davide and Kathryn Faenza (L'Angolo), serves dishes native to the Salentine peninsula of Puglia. – David Snyder, City Paper
- Chef/owner Davide Faenza, who along with his wife Kathryn also owns South Philly BYOB L'Angolo, hails from Galipoli on the Salentine peninsula on the heel of the boot of Italy. Many of the dishes on Salento's menu are specialties of the Puglia region of Italy. Puglian food is often overlooked in favor of locales with better PR, like Tuscany, but it's home to some of the finest raw ingredients in Italy--particularly olive oil. – Kirsten Henri, Philadelphia Weekly
- … this pleasant new Italian makes a good case to keep the trattoria trend rolling. – Craig LaBan, Philadelphia Inquirer
At Salento Restaurant, his second BYOB venture, chef Davide Faenza draws on his roots in the region of Puglia, on the heel of the Italian boot, to fill a menu of authentic Italian fare. Home to “some of the finest raw ingredients in Italy,” according to a 2007 Philadelphia Weekly review, Puglia is known for its fresh seafood and simple pasta dishes. At Salento, servers carry in homemade gnocchi, sautéed fish filets, and other entrees that do justice to this tradition. After popping the last golden raisin from a balsamic-glazed chicken breast, guests can admire the dining room's glowing chandeliers, blue velvet curtains, and enormous mirror reflecting hungry pizza-delivery boys peeking in the front windows.
2216 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103Get Directions