by Karen L. on
I came here for the first time last night for reverse happy hour. It was definitely a nightlife kind of place. They have their own DJ, loud music, dim lights, and dark modern decor. You can sit at the bar or tables up front, and there are booths and more lounge-type areas in the back. FOOD: Their dumplings and sushi were pretty standard. The sushi wasn't beautifully prepared, but who notices after a few lychee martinis? The nigiri was surprisingly fresh, however. The super white tuna (escolar) and salmon nigiri are my favorite! Their Austin roll (it showed up as some other name on the bill) is a combination of fish roe, salmon, tuna, tomago, and avocado. Not one of their best special rolls; I'll have to try their others later. SERVICE: Extremely nice server! My boyfriend and I showed up late to join 4 other friends, but she was very accommodating. She forgot extra chopsticks, but other than that, she tried her best to keep our table happy. We stayed until closing time because of the fuss over the bill, but she was very patient with us. She was even ready to leave before us, but she held the door and wished us a good night! The food is nothing to rave about, but I think it's an awesome place to get drinks, sushi, and hang out with friends. I'm pretty excited to try this place out again sometime soon.
by Winfred Orielly on
Last week I found myself in Philly for a work training. Following the advice of Droz in "PCU" I managed to befriend someone with a car. This is good when you're stuck at an airport hotel. Aaaaaanyway, said person with car had spent the first 10 years of her life in the NYC area and the last 20 in Florida. She missed pizza the most, she said. Since we weren't going to drive to NYC for dinner I scoured http://slice.seriousea.../ for suggestions. There wasn't much for Philly, unless I wanted to jaunt up to nearby Trenton for some tomato pie, which was tempting. Pietro's seemed at least manageable. And manageable it was. My new friend was happy and I was happy she was happy. Isn't that nice? Oh yes, the food. The crust was crispy with some char on the bottom, thanks to the coal-oven. However the crust on the edges were still a little pale for my liking. Decent sauce which wasn't from a jar, unless they doctored the sauce with a metric ton of oregano. Seriously, I've never been to a restaurant that puts that much oregano in its tomato sauce; it's not a bad thing, just very noticeable. Nice fresh mozzarella, though maybe just a tad too heavy on it, and fresh basil leaves, though not enough of them, crowned the margherita pizza. We ordered a medium, which was cut into 8 slices, equivalent to two large slices each. We also shared an appetizer of stuffed mushroom. Yes please. I'm not a mushroom connoisseur but I think they were just generic mushrooms, however filled with cheese and spinach, covered with breadcrumbs, and baked. Yum. The place itself was definitely roomy; big enough for the Rittenhouse area it serves. Nothing like the little packed pizza houses in NYC, but if you're taking an out-of-towner for pizza, it'll do.
by Amanda A. on
1st stop on our Austin Vacation from California. My husband ordered us two Mexican Martini's. He always talks about them (he's from Texas) and now I know why. They're like a really good margarita but without the overpowering sweetness. They use a little olive juice. You get a whole shaker to yourself and a martini glass with a couple of skewered olives. The queso here was also pretty good. Definitely a cool spot to sit on the screened porch with a bunch of friends and relax.