Best of Philly 2002 Neighborhood Restaurants, South Philly
1915 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148
Don't be put off by Tre Scalini's chain-smoking chef/owner, Franca DiRenzo, when, cigarette in lips, ashes dangling, she pokes her head out of the tiny kitchen to inspect the dining room. She's a master of simple Italian cuisine. Prosciutto di parma is topped with deftly sautéed mushrooms, while her seared loin of lamb, simply plated on a bed of greens with a bit of balsamic vinegar, is superior.