Avril: Tale of the Tape

avrilAvril , a Northern Italian and Southern French BYOB opens tonight in Bala Cynwyd.

The Owners

  • The husband and wife team of Christian Gatti and April Lisante
  • Gatti has experience at:
    • City Tavern
    • White Dog
    • Audrey Claire
  • Lisante was a long-time food writer for the Philadelphia Daily News
  • The couple met during a 2003 Daily News photo shoot where Gatti was featured as one of Philadelphia’s “hot, young chefs.”

The Space

  • 50 seats
  • Dim candlelit white tablecloth tables
  • Interior is awash in mochas, chocolates and black
  • Black leather banquets
  • Chef’s table for eight
  • Two-top tables
  • Al fresco seating for 16

The Menu

  • Southern French bistro with some Northern Italian
  • Petit plates range from $8-$16
  • Grande dishes average $18-$26
  • Menu highlights
    • Wild Mushroom Barquette with Sea Scallops $12
    • Seared Duck Breast with Peach and Endive Tarte Tatin $22
    • Espresso Foie Gras $16 and Bistro Steak Frites $26.
  • Full Menu (PDF)
  • Family style menus available
    • 3 courses for $25
    • 4 courses for $27
    • 5 courses for $34
    • 6 courses for $40
  • Bombance sur le Dimanche (Sunday Feast)  served Sundays
  • Lunch is coming soon
  • Gatti’s pastry background in focus
    • savory pastries
    • homemade breads
    • desserts

Avril [Official Site] 134 Bala Ave Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 For more on Avril, check out the following links. Avril in pictures [Meal Ticket] From Food Writer to Restaurateur with a ‘Hot Chefs’ Detour [Meal Ticket] Love at First Bite [Daily Candy]