Exclusive: Shots of the (Modernly) Redesigned Savona

Savona, in Gulph Mills, is back up and running after having closed for six weeks for a face-lift — I mean, an entire Extreme Home Makeover-style rehab. There are new menus, a lower price point, a newish sommelier, and an updated vibe: The bar was entirely gutted and redesigned, the Terrazzo was built, and everything else was redone — floors, paint, lighting, furniture. (Pics at the bottom of the post.)

The cuisine used to lean toward heavier French/Italian, but chef Andrew Masciangelo has kept his loyal patrons happy with a new, super-focused Frenchy/Continental main dining room menu (think foie, lobster, and lamb). We can’t wait to try the lighter Italian bar menu, which brings the restaurant into the 21st century. What we’ll order: Fried artichoke hearts with lemon zest for $9; the Juliano pizza with grilled zucchini, red onion, farm egg, and pomodoro for $11; and wood-fired Duroc pork chop with asparagus and farro for $21. (Click for PDFs of the bar menu and main menu.)

Sommelier Melissa Monosoff has decided to wrangle in the 1,000-plus wine list by creating a more focused, smaller “Sommelier Selection,” expanding the wines-by-the-glass program, and starting a new list of half-bottles so drinkers can experiment more.

The moody marble-topped bar area:

The patio is an enclosed, intimate sunroom:

The new outdoor Terrazzo faces the entrance of the restaurant:

If you have dinner at Savona (or any area restaurant), take a couple of quick pics of your own and send them in to the Restaurant Club Snap Squad — RC members who submit photos of their meals have a chance to win free seats at our next Restaurant Club dinner.