2012 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
#25 on the 2009 Philly Mag 50
#19 on the 2008 Philly Mag 50
Something you never thought you’d see at Melograno: extra space. The restaurant’s new, larger digs may not yet have the homey feel of the original location, but the richly flavored, rustic Italian dishes and the convivial atmosphere of this well-loved BYOB are unchanged.
Best of Philly 2004 Italian
Chef-owner Gianluca Demontis cooks with the confidence of someone born in Rome. (He was.) No reservations are taken at this plain-chi...
User Reviews (7) :
If you like unique italian food this is the place to try . The BYOB option is fun - bring a good red. It's a diverse cross section of people at the restaurant. Everyone at the table enjoyed the dishes . The service was excellent - no issues. Food was prepared and served perfectly. Desserts were great. Go early before the line starts. Would definitely go again. My son who attends St. Joes & loved the place. PTD
Posted by P: Mar. March 28th, 2010 at 1:59 PM
Didn't pick up on the service problems that were mentioned here. There was a wait, so they took our cell phone number, pointed us toward the nearest wine store and called us just as we had selected a bottle. Food was fantastic- fresh, inventive, way above average. We both cleaned our plates and have been telling anyone who will listen how much we enjoyed our meals. If it means anything, I'm a snotty New Yorker who eats for a living and cooks for fun. Highly recommended.
Posted by Melissa: Sep. September 9th, 2009 at 4:53 PM
The food is fine but, after a visit with 3 friends, we all agreed never to return because of the noise level
Posted by arl: Jun. June 16th, 2009 at 5:08 PM
First off, let me say I loved the original location and would frequent often or for a special occasion. The last two times I visited the new location, I was extrememly disappointed. The worst was when I took my parents pre-theater and often told them how impressed they would be. We arrived early since no reservations are take. Our food was amazing but the server wasn't. After we were rushed through our meal with no explanation for any menu items. We were literally rushed out the door. After we paid the check, my Mother and I quickly went to the ladies room and when we returned, my Father was hurried from our table and our jackets were left at the hostess stand. I understand there was a wait, but we weren't in there long and that is no way to hurry off customers you should appreciate. Let's just say my parents weren't impressed beyond the food. I often give places more than one visit just in case they are experiencing an off-night but for this place, I'll wait a bit.
Posted by Sorella5: Jun. June 16th, 2009 at 2:31 PM
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Posted by Dr Al: Jun. June 4th, 2009 at 9:05 PM
Of course the food was great...I went one Sat. night for dinner with my 3 teenage daughters. Our server treated us dreadfully. When the main course arrived - it was set down -and he immediately left - with no inquiry about cheese or pepper. The other tables - ALL were revisited several times - for pepper/cheese/ and "how is your dinner?" Not us! We needed to catch the eye of someone else - as our server didn't even send a glance our way. We observed carefully as to not make a snap judgement - but we were treated VERY differently from any other table he was serving. I was appalled that a woman and her 3 daughters would not be valued customers. It was becoming our "go to" BYOB - and we frequently recommended it to our friends- but not any more. Very disappointing.
Posted by linda: Mar. March 20th, 2009 at 10:56 AM
I'll begin by saying the food was WONDERFUL, which makes up for, I guess, the rocky start to our evening at Melograno. We knew there would be a long wait, so we arrived early and were told we would get a table in about 90 minutes. No problem. However, once we were seated it took the server about 10 minutes to arrive at our table. Upon his arrival, he told us he would open our wine, but there was a shortage of wine glasses and we would have to wait to drink our wine. This is like telling a diner that there are no forks available with which to eat the meal. We waited about ten minutes for four glasses; one of which needed to be returned to remove the lipstick of its previous user.
After sharing this story with a friend, she told me the same thing happened to her when she dined at Melograno. It would seem a marginal cost to have extra glasses on hand for outdoor seating (which was the excuse we were given) or for breaks, or whatever, compared to the cost of disappointing customers and facing bad reviews. But I guess once you make the Philly Mag 50, you don't need to worry about frills like glassware.
But like I said, the food was wonderful, and I guess I'd go back. But I'd bring my own glass.
Posted by Kelli: Mar. March 16th, 2008 at 11:44 AM