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  • Writer's pictureSarah Sewell

Bites at Bistro Romano

A few weeks ago, Michael and I decided to spend our afternoon at Spruce Street Harbor Park. We had not realized an amazing Italian restaurant was right around the corner. Located at 120 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 , surrounded by cobblestone sidewalks and antique styled street lamps; is Bistro Romano.

Front of Bistro Romano

As you walk in, you pass their wine shop to the left. They have a selection of local and international wines, you can purchase any by asking your server. The shop is only open six times a year, so make so to catch it when you can. Some of their bottles are up to 50% off retail, it's hard to find that anywhere else in the City of Brotherly Love.

You can find the hostess stand passed The Bistro Wine Store, to the right. You can ask the hostess for a spot at any of their many dining rooms. The first floor dining room has the perfect view of the Wine Store, and of the bar. Some nights you can find a professional pianist playing the piano at the end of the room. The bar features a huge Romanesque sculpture above the large array of different wine and spirits.

They have a large selection of different beer, wine and liquors to choose from. My first choice was to get their house Sangria, which has wine and yummy fresh fruit mixed together. Once I tame my sweet tooth, I like to go for a good brew. My favorite is usually a Yuengling, but if I can find Conshohocken Brewing or Cape May I order those too!

House Sangria

Now to my favorite part, the food. I can say without a doubt that the food found at Bistro Romano was the best I have ever tasted. Ever. Our first bite was of their Gnocchi made with white and black truffle cream, and prosciutto cotto. I could have eaten a bucket of it. It was amazing I almost teared up, and it got even better.

Our next bite was of the Grilled Octopus. I am completely head over heels for seafood, so this was right up my alley. The octopus was grilled to perfection, with salsa rosa, cannellini bean, mixed peppers, lemon, and an olive crumble. It was not chewy at all, and almost tasted like chicken, so if fishy isn't your style don't worry!

For our last bite, some bite sized Beef Short Rib Croquettes. To be completely honest, short rib does not agree with my stomach too often, but these croquettes rocked my world. Soft, moist and full of flavor, these Beef Short Rib Croquettes have a calabrian chili aioli with zucchini and manchego to make a delicious dish.

I can say wholeheartedly that Bistro Romano is one of the restaurants I have ever eaten in, and I can't wait for my next visit.

Make sure to visit their website and social media!




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