When I heard that Stephen Starr would be opening yet another new restaurant, Il Pittore, I just had to try it out. It was also Jay’s birthday celebration, so there was a perfect excuse to splurge.
The restaurant is located in Rittenhouse Square and reflects the décor of an Italian countryside. Chef Chris Painter, which translates to pittore, drew inspiration for the menu from different regions of Italy.
Dark wood and dim lights create a romantic atmosphere as you walk into the restaurant. Several communal tables are set throughout the restaurant, where diners can share an Italian meal with a twist. The main restaurant is on the second floor, and an herb garden sits on the roof, which fresh herbs are used in recipes daily.
Jay and I sat at a cozy table for two, where we had a good view of the dining room. Our server was friendly and informative.
While we were deciding on what to order he brought us some tasty bread. I loved that there were several varieties.
To start, we shared:
Ravioli di Ricotta.
swiss chard and ricotta filled ravioli with
chanterelle mushrooms and truffle butter
The pasta is homemade so the ravioli were light and fluffy. I loved how the truffle butter and mushrooms melted into the ravioli and created a perfect creamy, savory flavor.
As an entrée I had:
Black Bass “Gamberetto”.
rock shrimp, creamed spinach and
This was actually the first time I tried black bass but I really enjoyed it. I loved that the outside was crisp but still tender.
Pollo al Mattone.
brick-roasted half chicken, brushed with
mustard and rosemary bread crumbs