Restaurant Week @ La Viola

Restaurant week is over in Philly, and Master Tester and I were able t try out La Viola, a fine Italian restaurant in center city…hmmhmhmmhmm.  I had been to the place during my college years with my friend Chi and it was just as good and just as crowded.

What went well: the food is delicious! Real italian food from Italy! Fresh, seasoned, hmmmmmmmmm The ambiance is very much as a family dinner.  You need to BYOB but the staff is very warm, we had a bowl! And I loved the smoked trout salad (INSALATA DI PESCE AFFUMICATO), soooo good! Also highly recommend the salmon (SALMONE DI CAPPERI). Checkout their menu HERE.

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What was so-so: The beef special…too regular.

What went wrong: the wait!!! We had reservation but had to wait 45 minutes before being transferred to West LaViola.  Everybody has such a great time nobody wants to leave! So be prepared to wait, but the food is well worth it.

Tried-n-True Series : Garlic Sauce with Broccoli/ Fish and Beef Filets (TnTS 3 Oct 2013)

Last Tuesday, I looked for a cheesy garlic sauce to mix steamed vegetables with.  Found this Rachel Ray recipe.  Turned out great.  Instead of red pepper, I added powdered cayenne pepper.

Served with a beef steak seasoned with salt pepper and olive oil for Master Tester who dislikes fish.  Also served breaded fish filets for my other brother.

Master tester approved the meal!  Pictures below, let me know how yours turn out.

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