Check your bill!.
This restaurant was on my brother's List of Places to Go so I made reservations for his birthday. We arrived to find that a "computer glitch" had erased our reservations but there were few diners there and they were able to ready the table quickly. Our waitress was incompetent and we had to wait 20 minutes for cold bread and water not to mention the time it took for her to actually take our order. As I said there were a mere 3 tables and 2 waitstaff. The term "Wine Bar" should be used loosely for this place. We ordered 2 bottles and after an unreasonable wait we pulled aside the other server only to be told they were out of stock of both varieties.
The food as par although the gnocchi were over cooked and complete mush. At the end of our meal instead of the cake we pre-ordered for the birthday boy, he received a barely legible bill. Thankfully the anal CPA in the family went over the check and found we were over charged by $40 for a bottle of wine. When we asked to speak with the manager the owner Lynn come out and explained the price as "a computer glitch." Must be the catch all for all their problems. (Wonder if the computer cooked the gnocchi too?) The owner did nothing to atone for the problems other than correct the bill. We ended up somewhere else for dessert and making a pact to never step foot in Paradiso again!
Solid, but over-rated.
My husband and I went to this restaurant for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The sophisticated decor is very enticing and made us interested to see whether or not the food would be equally impressive. We scored last minute reservations on a Friday night. Both of us enjoyed our meals, but neither of us felt as "wowed" as we have been by other local establishments. My fish entree was tasty, but upstaged by the butternutsquash soup that I had as an appetizer. The wine list was pretty extensive and were pleased with our moderately priced selections.
The service was great and reasonably attentive. The atmosphere was pleasing and the place was pretty crowded and full of life. But, at the end of the night I felt like I had gotten overlycoiffed for an "ok" dining experience. It definitely wasn't the spectacular and special experience we expected.
Great Ambience, Location and Service.
We had nice time on our recent (and first) trip to Paradiso. The inside is really beautiful and well spread out, parking was not an issue, and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and Italian dining. There were six of us in the party (two kids), and we had a good sampling of the menu. The portions seemed a bit small (which drives me nuts when compared to price - it is South Philly, make the plate overflow!), but my wife and mother-in-law couldn't finish their plates. I ordered a pasta dish and replaced the as-designed pasta with the gnocchi - and they really lived up to the billing! Everyone really loved the desserts (cheesecake and chocolate cake).
Bottom line: We'll go back in the Spring for brunch.
Just OK. There were 5 of us and everyone thought "It was good". The salads were very good but the soup of the day, a seafood selection that 2 of us had, was the first of the ?good? but far from exceptional selections chosen. My Hudson Valley duck, again, was good. Others in the same category were the Grilled Tuna with Shaved Fennel, and the Speck and Aged Asiago Stuffed Chicken. The restaurant itself has a nice feel to it but there are many other places we have enjoyed more in Philly. We won't be rushing back. Cost with tax and tip around $50 per person.
Delicious and authentic!. Had dinner at Paradiso for the first time last week... and we will DEFINITELY be back! It was the most delicious, original, and authentic Italian that we have had anywhere in Philly. The waitress was professional and attentive, cocktails delicious, and selections -- so hard to choose! We have paid muh more for dinner in Philly and had meals not half as good as at Paradiso. Definitely try this restaurant!
fabulous experience!. I recently threw my wife a surprise birthday party at Paradiso. What a fabulous experience from beginning to end! I found the restaurant on citysearch. Now, I'm not a great party planner, so I was a little nervous about the whole thing. When I first called, the manager was unavailable, but she returned my call very quickly. She asked all the right questions and really made me feel at ease. She and the chef worked on a special menu that fit my limited budget. They took care of every detail-the cake, wine suggestions, ordered flowers and came up with a clever way to get my wife there! The dinner itself was fabulous and all of our freinds raved. I was really impressed with how proffesional the staff was-they didn't skip a beat-not one of our guests ever had to ask for anything! Then to top it all off they gave my wife and I a bottle of champagne and a gift certificate to the restaurant as a thank you. They really made me look like a super star that night!
You'll find tastier food at a college dorm!.
A few friends and I went to this restaurant for a work-related dinner and talk. The service was obscenely slow and unattentive. Some colleagues arrived no later than ten minutes after the waitress had begun taking orders, yet did not receive their appetizer until *after* others finished their entree!
The house special (Veal chop with broccoli rabe and mashed potatoes) was overdone to medium well, lacking in flavor, and improperly paired with bitter greens.
I would not recommend this place.
Polished bistro attracts discerning diners with note-perfect Italian and Mediterranean fare and small-maker wines..
On a diagonal-cross street known for its elbow-to-elbow mom-and-pop Italian trattorias, this neutral-toned, big-windowed bistro stands out for its spareness and uniquely South Philly refinement. Patrons, ranging from neighborhood types to wine aficionados, bask in the attention of tie-clad servers. Chef-owner Lynne Marie Rinaldi delivers classic Italian dishes: pine nut gremolata with tender osso buco, fragrant truffled barley with butterfish, and a hearty cacciatore of rabbit instead of basic chicken.
Great food. Had dinner there for the first time last sat night, it was fantastic. The service was friendly and the wine list was reasonably priced. I can't wait to go back!
Will Never Go Again. After making an 8:00 reservation, we had to wait over half an hour for a table near the door, that happened to be open the entire time. The hostess was very friendly, but unaccomodating. When we were finally seated, another half hour went by until we were greeted by a waiter. It was then around 9:15. Finally another 20 minutes went by, and the waiter took our order. That wasn't the worst, we waited over an hour for our "dinner" and finally told the hostess we were going to leave. It was past 10:00. The hostess "generously" comped a piece of cheesecake for our troubles and we had our dinners wrapped. The menu was terrible, the service was worse, and the food was not very good. I would not reccommend this restaurant to anyone.
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