Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it invisibly in their stomachs. Afford enough wine to braggadociously spill it with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fare and drink at WineO, located in the artistic Northern Liberties neighborhood. WineO, a comfy neighborhood gastro-pub, serves Mediterranean-influenced American fare and wines from 50 vineyards in America and Europe. The menu features calamari with aioli and marinara dipping sauce ($10), florentine chicken ($16), grilled shrimp mango salad ($12), and other seafood entrees from the Italian market. Pair a meal with a bottle of vino from the bar’s wine list; selections are handpicked by Sommelier Luca Cunnarotta. With the bar’s antique lighting and wine-cellar vibe, WineO has the ideal atmosphere for a romantic date or a lively but silent mime get-together.
- WineO’s drink menu is (no surprise here) grounded on its wine list. It’s a list that includes more than 40 bottles, 18 available by the glass. Sommelier Luca Cimmarotta has put together a nice group of carefully chosen wines, half of which are $40 and under… – Thomas Santella, AroundPhilly.com
- The atmosphere was cool, the wine prices were decent, and it was an environment that was conducive for good conversation. – Geo D., Yelp