7955 Oxford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Fax: (215) 722-7108
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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Recently, we had a reservation for four people at 5:30 to celebrate a birthday that one of the others was hosting. The dinner was inedible for three of us. The 4th dinner appeared to be OK. The birthday girl ordered chicken tenders. When she tried to cut the chicken with the steak knife that had been provided before the meal appeared, the chicken was too tough to even be serrated by the steak knife. But the big thing I want to report is the Dinner Special of mahi mahi that two of us ordered. The mahi mahi looked mushy on the plate when it arrived. When I attempted to bring a fork full of the fish to my mouth, the fish odor was so disgusting and overwhelming. Nevertheless, I tried to eat it. But could not even force myself to swallow the foul smelling and fishy tasting mahi mahi.. I then proceeded to play with the food in my plate and not eat a morsel of it. Dinner for me then became bread and dessert. The other lady who ordered the mahi mahi asked for more putenesco sauce and drowned the fish with this which enabled her to force the fish down. I didn't say anything because the other lady attempted to eat the fish. I did not want to make a scene and embarrass our gracious hostess. The following day I asked the other diner who had the mahi mahi dinner if she enjoyed the fish. She said that it was foul and spent the whole next day sick from the fish. Fresh cooked fish does not look mushy nor smell and taste fishy.Fishy smell comes from bad/spoiled fish. I was lucky that I had not forced myself to eat it and also get sick.
11/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My fiancee' and I booked this establishment for our rehearsal dinner because we knew the food was good and we were on a budget. When both myself and my mother called to get a price per head, we were quoted $28.50 per head. That was in our budget and we booked it. We were called by the owner, Toto, and he told us he would make it a very nice evening and he would take care of us. Unfortunately, we did not know what ""take care of us"" meant in his vocabulary. When we received our bill for that evening, it came to $2,234.00 We were in disbelief...why was the evening so expensive. When my fiancee called the next day to find out why the bill was so high, we were told by Toto that he decided to charge us $40.00 per head and $1,000.00 of the bill was for the bar tab alone!!! Not only did ever discuss with us if we wanted wine poured, he took it upon himself to serve wine, and pick expensive bottles of wine at that. We were shocked. My fiancee asked to please do they right thing and he called my fiancee a scumbag.
01/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant is a gem in a neighborhood where one would not expect it to exist. We have been eating there for many many years and have never been disappointed. The food is northern Italian and quite sophisticated but not pretentious. The service is excellent. Toto, the owner is an old world gentleman.