CaffÃ¨ Casta Diva
Truly homemade pasta and superior ingredients make Stephen Vassalluzzo’s CaffÃ¨ Casta Diva an Italian BYOB worth going to.
Though youâ€™ve seen many of Vassalluzzoâ€™s dishes at other ristorantiâ€”calamari, roasted beets with Gorgonzola and walnuts, Caesar saladâ€”his use of superior ingredients elevates them to a more distinctive plane. Scored and sauteed, the lemony squid was extra tender. Earthy, sweet Chioggia beets, an Italian heirloom, made the ubiquitous beet salad more interesting, their alternating red and white rings like an archerâ€™s bullseye in a forest of bullâ€™s blood baby greens. White anchoviesâ€”draped like tinsel over torn romaineâ€”gave the Caesar its ocean-y brine.
Prima Diva [Philadelphia Weekly]