Rustic homemade bread, ethereally light gnocchi, veal cheeks enlivened with gremolata, and indulgent chocolate-filled crespele are just a few of the lures this BYOB dangles. Even better, the dishes can be sampled either in a $32 four-course menu or à la carte. The kitchen is occasionally careless and the service often clueless, but when everything is clicking, it’s irresistible.
Best of Philly 2009: Prix-fixe
Ample portions of opulent ingredients — house-made sausage, sweetbreads, suckling pig — homemade pastas, and breads and l...
Best of Philly 2007: New BYOB, City
Cicchetti the small plates that Italians nibble at their favorite bars are supposed to be the focus at Modo Mio. Howeve...
User Reviews (16) :
This favorite is loaded with creative menu choices. Most are very good, some excellent. None bad. Some bad reviews either don't know good food, or had a bad night before, during or after dinner, cause in 2 years of eating there nothing as bad as as their description was ever our experience. Further, its a rare Italian restaurant with this many unusual choices.
Posted by Perry: Jul. July 5th, 2011 at 10:21 AM
I walked by this restaurant in the early afternoon before all of the patrons had arrived for dinner (I can only hope). The chef/owner Peter was in there, smoking cigarettes in the dining room, ashing on the floor on the while screaming at his staff and calling them names. One young lady came running outside crying after he picked on her - she is the one who told me that the ranting jerk with the cigarettes was the head chef & owner. I have no idea if the food is any good because I will NEVER set foot inside this disgusting restaurant.
Posted by Lauren: Jul. July 13th, 2010 at 3:05 PM
sunday may 30,2010 visited modo mio with friends for the sunday dinner, they do not know how to cook italian food the sauce was too heavy for the pasta it did not have a sweet taste the meat was salty and had too much cheese the pork meat was not cooked in the sauce also the price was 95. per couple for this terrible dinner we say good by to modo mio the first and last time we will be there
Posted by rose: May. May 30th, 2010 at 9:07 PM
A wonderful dining experience - very intimate setting. I have never been disappointed with the creativity, quality, taste or service and have dined there many times. Do highly recommend to friends and visitors.
Posted by Beth: May. May 12th, 2010 at 6:32 AM
My wife had been there several times before and raved about the food. By the time I went I figured it couldn't be as good as she said. I was wrong, the food was great and was very different from most Italian menus.
I've been back since I find something different but yet tasty! It is great to go with friends and talk, EAT and have a great time!
Posted by Glenn: Apr. April 25th, 2010 at 4:43 PM
We went to Modo Mio twice a few years ago. The food was very good. However, on both occasions, they couldn't find our reservation, and there was general confusion at the front desk. They served us both times, after a wait, but it's disconcerting to make a reservation, drive there, walk from the car and find they don't have your reservation.
Posted by Harriet: Apr. April 14th, 2010 at 12:46 PM
I have been a couple of times and agree with the others that Modo Mio only gets better with each new visit. Best value, divine food (generous portions) and friendly and knowledgeable staff. We always ask our server his/her recommendations for the evening. We've not been steered wrong!
It is a bit cramped and loud when full, but I will return soon.
Posted by Todd: Apr. April 13th, 2010 at 2:13 PM
We've eaten at Modo Mio several times - and twice with parties of 8 - and our experience has been fabulous - it's one of the best deals in the city. Stephanie needs to get a life and perhaps new friends - I can't believe they would continue to put up with her rudeness. MacDonalds would work for her - it wouldn't matter if she was one or two hours late.
Posted by Charlie: Mar. March 26th, 2010 at 6:35 PM
This is a very small place with wonderful food and service normally. I have to tell you that what they could and probably should have done was not seat the party until all arrived. and given the table away after a period of time. This is one of the BEST byos in philly.
Posted by steven: Mar. March 24th, 2010 at 5:14 PM
This is one of the best BYOB restaurants that I have been to in many years. The food was fantastic and innovative, prices good and service was excellent. Met the chef at the end of our dinner and he was nothing but nice. Will definitely be returning.
Posted by Christine: Mar. March 24th, 2010 at 1:09 PM
I don't know what anyone is complaining about. I've been here a handful of times and it only gets better. Food is always fresh, delicious, innovative.
The owner has come out at the end of the night and thanked us for coming in & talked with us for a few mins. The guy is down to earth and appreciative of his diners
Posted by I: Mar. March 23rd, 2010 at 8:20 PM
Stephanie baby... You showed up when the rest of your party was being served dessert and you have a problem with the way you were treated? Who's the rude one here? Not just to the restaurant but to your "friends" as well. The food and service in this place is great, and I'm all over the BYO/cash only concept.
Posted by John: Mar. March 23rd, 2010 at 1:48 PM
My friends told me the food was ok. But what really dominated their experience at Modo Mio was the waiter, at the behest of chef/owner, working to turn over the table (hurry to get them out!) ASAP. They were seated while waiting for one other person (who arrived soon thereafter), were pestered to know when she would arrive and were not allowed to even order appetizers until all had arrived (FYI there were empty tables there). When I arrived to meet up with them as they finished dessert, the place was full, but there was no one waiting for a table and only three remaining reservations in the book at the front (I checked when I left). When I sat down, we overheard the chef/owner tell the waiter "I will not serve her!" They were very rude about it and flatly told me that because I was not seated at the same time with my party, I could not order food. Mind you, there were only 3 more reservations on this very rainy night and the place wasn't to close for 2 more hours! Neither I nor my friends have EVER been treated so horribly at a restaurant. The funny thing is, they were acting like Modo Mio was the latest hotspot in NYC and so busy they had to turn people away at the door! Don't get me wrong, I love the neighborhood....but it IS Northern Liberties, not Soho. In the end, I was treated properly, well-fed and more than satisfied at their MUCH friendlier neighbor, Las Cazuelas! Don't waste your time at Modo Mio, go to LAS CAZUELAS!!!!
Posted by stephanie: Mar. March 13th, 2010 at 4:36 PM
I have been to Modo Mio several times, and everytime I go there is always something new on the menu-that's what keeps me coming back. Everytime I have been back, I try to take someone new, so they can share the experience. The price is right on target too. I think that overall the place is great!
Posted by Kim: Apr. April 24th, 2009 at 11:46 AM
Been there twice and found it quite authentico. Food is way way above average. Prices are very fair....it's good value and the BYOB is the only way to go. It's cash only, which I think keeps prices down.... it's been packed with people both times I went there.
Posted by morris: Nov. November 20th, 2008 at 5:10 PM
Both pasta dishes and the sausage stuffed steak were so salty that they were not edible. The server admitted that the chef was going overboard with the salt. This was on a Saturday night. On our previous visit on a Thursday, everything was great, especially the pasta and roasted pork. We felt bad for the other 2 couples with us Saturday night for the lousy meal.
Posted by Robert: Feb. February 25th, 2008 at 6:34 AM