Where We’re Eating: Fraschetta

If I were opening an Italian restaurant, I probably wouldn’t give it a name that’s one letter away from a mid-range frozen pizza brand. But that’s not the real problem at Fraschetta, a Main Line newcomer that debuted a few months back. And the problem isn’t bad service or food, either (though we did have to send back the “special” steak for being ridiculously undercooked and terribly underseasoned). The problem, simply, is noise. Some restaurants are loud. Some restaurants are so unbelievably effing loud that the loudness almost ruins the evening by turning every conversation into a shouting match. Such is the case at this spot from the owners of Center City’s Melograno. After my friends and I yelled at each other across our plates of generally good food, and then paid the sizable check (more than $200 for four of us, BYO) with cash, since Fraschetta annoyingly doesn’t take plastic, we all just decided never to go back.

Fraschetta
816 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr
610-525-1007

First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.


  • JA

    So they weren’t interested in advertising through any Metro Corp. properties?

    • vfiorillo

      Yeah and they refused to give me the $2,000 bribe I asked for.

  • Philly’s Best BYOBs

    Victor, we just had dinner at Fraschetta last night (5:45PM Saturday). By the time we left it was full and we were still able to hear across the table and talk without shouting. I’d say the noise level, although very energetic, was not atypical of many of our small BYOBs, and not as noisy as several popular restaurants I could name (for example, upstairs at Vernick, which must be our noisiest space!).

    Food and service was uniformly very good, although I can see why the online reviews are variable because this is authentic house-made Italian pasta, and won’t appeal to the “the more sauce the better” Main Line-Olive Garden crowd.

    As far as BYOBing, I recommend bringing your own stems as Fraschetta’s are pretty poor.

    Also, we paid with plastic, so that must have changed recently.

    • vfiorillo

      I did not find upstairs at Vernick to be particularly loud.

      • Philly’s Best BYOBs

        So maybe you should give Fraschetta a second chance? Apparently noise levels vary depending on how noisy the crowd is on a given evening.

        • Philly’s Best BYOBs

          And I should give Vernick (upstairs, I love the Chef’s counter) a second chance…

          • Philly’s Best BYOBs

            BTW, just for completeness sake, four of us shared 3 apps, and had 4 primi, 4 secondi, and 2 shared desserts, and a coffee or two, which came to $61 per person before tip. That seemed not unreasonable to me. Dishes were decent size, and we even took home leftovers.

  • william

    victor, everyone in “the know” knows your agenda. we all know who runs you. give up the attack and accept that the best pasta on the uninformed yuppified main-line now live at Fraschetta. The only Italian restaurants worth dining at (outside of the city are presently Alba in malvern and Fraschetta. Deal with it mr subjective