There’s certainly no shortage of authentic Italian restaurants in and around Rittenhouse Square, but Philly foodies got another option when Ambrosia debuted a little more than a month ago—and the early reviews are raves. As soon as you take a bite of the burrata, featuring eggplant caponata on grilled bread, you’ll understand why.
It’s one of the most popular starters on the menu at this cool, quiet Italian eatery. You can also start with an array of artisanal cheeses, ranging from brie to manchego, or try the salmon belly with cucumber, radish, lemon, and olive oil. Just make sure you save enough room for some house-made pasta, such as the pappardelle with short rib ragu or the squid-ink tagliatelle with mussels, clams, and shrimp. For the main course, the chef dishes out meat- and seafood-centric options such as chicken Milanese, New York strip steak, and roasted monkfish. Note that Ambrosia is BYO.