Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dinner: Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano!

Oh Manayunk..its a love hate relationship with you. In a sea of yuppies, college meat heads, slutty underage girls trying to get free drinks, and wannabe "bicyclists"... is neighborhood has some fairly decent restaurants. Buddy and I decided to go back to Bella Trattoria, a place we very much loved coming to when we used to live in East Falls.
Martini Straight up with 2 Olives
Nice mix of Vodka and Vermouth...could you tell I was looking forward to this drink? It was Friday night after all!
Price: $9.00
Long Island Iced Tea
Buddy ordered this, but from our last experience with long islands, I was extremely terrified to have a sip. It was actually quite sweet and tasty. Though, a little too sweet for my liking.

Complimentary Bread Basket
This came out fresh and hot, the plain bread was bland and not worth eating. The "doughnut" shaped ones were like garlic knots.Crunchy on the outside, and hearty in the inside...a bit oily as well. It was pretty tasty,and dangerously addictive.
Price: Free

Farfalle Bianco
This was bowtie pasta, chicken, mushrooms, and onions in a butter wine sauce. The pasta was a little over cooked, and the sauce was soupy. However, the over all taste of the sauce was delicious. It had the earthy tones of mushrooms mixed in with the butter. The chicken was stringy and way too over cooked. 

Risotto Pescatora
This was made with clams, mussels, squid, shrimp, scallops, capers, parsley, tomatoes, and saffron arborio rice. All of the seafood was a little over cooked and bordering almost tough. The risotto, however was thick, and creamy. The sauce was delicious, not too sweet, and with chunks of smooth tomatoes.
Verdict: Buddy and I used to love coming here, we had remembered the food being excellent, but now it only seems satisfactory.  Perhaps my palette became spoiled after eating at so many authentic Italian restaurants. I was also disappointed that our waitress neglected to tell us the specials,I am always a sucker for specials and when I miss them, i feel like I missed out on something. With that being said, the good parts were that the portions were huge and the atmosphere warm and inviting. We might come back sometime, but maybe not in the near future.
4258 Main Street
Manayunk PA, 19127

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