Each time we return to Girasole
Each time we return to Girasole we are delighted with our entire evening from start to finish!
2/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Girasole's food. I
I love Girasole's food. I think it is well executed and delicious. Sometimes the service is a little slow.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful evening at Girasole.
A wonderful evening at Girasole. Everything was perfect for our Friday night dinner. The lamb and tuna specials were very tasty. The wine recommendation was spot-on. The service was great. (Welcome back Cameron)
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pasta was absolutely delicious.
The pasta was absolutely delicious. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dinners. We all ordered appetizers and pasta main courses. A definite recommend.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seating needs improvement
Seating needs improvement - one falls into banquettes, flimsy chairs are uncomfortable.
Rosemary chicken was so tough it fought a serrated knife!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spectacular new menu
Girasole's new menu features beloved dishes from Angela Iovino's remarkable repertoire, as well as new interpretations of Italian standards. Meatballs in tomato sauce were a featured appetizer on my last visit; a standard that was truly memorable. The first noticeable difference is the sauce: it is made from fresh tomatoes and bursts with tomato flavor. And the meatballs were perfect: nicely textured, and carefully flavored, yet so light they nearly floated from the dish; the work of the hand of a master, not iron, chef. This was followed by farfalle in pesto sauce: pasta cooked to the exact point of 'doneness' and cloaked the freshest basil and pine nut pesto. A dinner that nicely complimented a fine spring evening. Bravissima Angela.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Meal with Friends
We took friends who had whole fish baked in a salt crust while in Europe. The were curious to see how it was done at Girasole. They were very happy with Bronzino. The wine, the service, and the ambiance were also top notch.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good dinner.
We always enjoy going to Girasole. The food is reliably good, the service is well done and the servers are knowledgable. people seem genuinely concerned that their patrons get value for money. Fresh food, well prepared and quiet so that conversation at the table is possible. Close to the Kimmel Center so nice before the concerts.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Family night out
We were a group of 9 with a couple children. Restaurant did a fairly good job of taking care of us. The waitress did disappear for long periods of time. We had starters and mostly pastas. The salad was over salted. Others really liked the barata salad, beef carpacio. The pastas lacked seasoning, but sauces were fresh.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, service, and
Wonderful food, service, and very welcoming staff. We felt very special, and look froward to going back.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Lunch Too
We've had many wonderful dinners and events at Girasole, but until now, never lunch. We had a great lunch with a full menu celebrating my partner's mother's 87th birthday. The food was wonderful. Great service from TJ.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two of the four diners each
Two of the four diners each had a spectacular fish dish (baked in salt crust, which retained incredible moisture while not making it 'salty'), the other two had pasta dishes, also very good. This was our first time, we will happily recommend it to friends.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Swordfish Special Was Amazing
We both got the Swordfish special – and it was incredible: fresh, high quality, and perfectly prepared. Thank you to Cameron for suggesting the perfect after-dinner drinks.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kimmel Center option
We enjoyed a lovely post matinee early dinner with young nieces. The service was friendly and accommodating for a young picky eater and the food was interesting enough for her more adventurous sister. The menu is limited with only @ 5 choices for each course but all were very good. We especially enjoyed the housemade pastas and desserts.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really italian taste
This restaurant was absolutely outstanding. I'm italian and I live in US since 2005. Girasole was a trip in Italy, a dream trip.
The executive Chefs Angela and Michele were amazing. Fantastic experience!!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inside, Outside, At the Bar
In the summer we like to drop by Girasole to eat dinner on the sidewalk, or just have a drink or dessert. Sometimes we like to drop in and eat at the bar and chat with the owners, staff, and neighbors. On this trip we made an Open Table reservation and the whole seated dining experience. All are good.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
True Tuscan cuisine in Philadelphia
Some restaurants say they are "Northern Italian." I am invariably disappointed. I don't think they have a clue what the difference is between the cooking of the different regions in Italy. Usually they are Italian-American. Il Girasole is a rarity -- a northern Italian restaurant of the type one finds in Modena. Such a restaurant has a short menu with recognizable dishes -- nothing exotic. Why? Because the focus is on fine ingredients (fresh fish, ripe tomatoes, etc.) excellently prepared. To give one example: the carpaccio parmigiano here is the best I have had in Philadelphia, sliced so thin, with olive oil and lemon, slivers of parmigiano cheese and of course, arugula. Great, attentive, discreet servivce.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional Food and Service!
I dine and entertain for a living all over the US. Girasole has just registered my loyalties for anytime I am in/near Philly. I took a true Italian and lifelong Philiadelphian business associate who could not get over the fact that he has somehow missed this petite restaurant in the theater district. Food, 10 stars, service, 10 stars. When the item I saw on line was not listed on the menu, the great server got the owner to come out, he explained why it was not on the menu, then spoke with his wife in the back... They both insisted I should have it... And it was some of the best seafood I have ever eaten. Truly, a family run, authentic coastal Italian restaurant, that tops any I have ever eaten at. Go...and be impressed.
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Solid Italian Fare
Solid Italian fare for a reasonable price, particularly during Restaurant Week. The carpaccio is highly recommended.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Menu Options
There is a Prix fixe menu with plenty of great options to choose from. The service and food was outstanding, check it out!
9/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Real HOMEMADE Italian Food!
Family-run, and authentic Italian food! Fresh, daily-made, gnocchi and cavatelli and bread! Their Italian sauce (gravy) is very good... and the ambiance is very elegant! .. Great for late night and the salads are nice too-- and desserts! :-) Italians do things with love! :-) I should know! :-) I am one! :-) Buona Fortuna! :-)
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and value
Took three business associates to dinner and we had a terrific experience. All commented on how good the pasta and fish dishes were. Nice service and reasonable wine prices. I would definitely come back with friends for pre-show dinners.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arts district find
We tried Girasole as a recommendation from Symphony House and enjoyed the new scene. Lovely ambience, great wait staff. Quiet and romantic. Delicious wine! Great soup and my chicken breast was lovely. My friend's veal was a bit tough, but he loved the accompanying sauce and vegetables. The chocolate mousse was rich and creamy. We will definitely return!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our first choice.
When we visit Academy of Music or Kimmel Center (etc) this is our first choice. Another perc is that it is within walking distance. The carpaccio, bronzino and gnocchi are my favorites. They have a favorite Pinot Noir that I love. You can't go wrong.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good Meal at the Bar
We decided to eat at the bar to watch the people on the street and chat with the owner. Great food as always. We love the family ambiance of the service. Welcome back TJ.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice restaurant but not sure how long it will last. We were the only ones in the restaurant at first and then one other couple came in. The food was very good but nothing spectacular for the amount the food cost. Everything is a la carte and we thought very expensive.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good neighborhood food
Had a lovely time. We had tickets for the Kimmel and showed up looking for simple, good food and that's exactly what we found. The service was good. The food was portioned well and came out hot. My only complaint and it is a small one was that they brought out the salad, which the waiter told me was pre made, a little too early. We had just received our drinks and already I was given a salad. But all in all, a lovely evening, reasonably priced and food was delicious. We'd go back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Before and After Orchestr
Girasole is a great place for before and after the orchestra. Before the show, it's a vibrant scene with every table full and people standing at the bar. And the food is just as good as those lazy summer days in August. After the orchestra is special too, you never know who might show up.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent pasta dishes both traditional and inventive, plus nonobtrusive, thoughtful service in a beautiful room that's both sophisticated and friendly. This could be my second home!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Tuna Carpaccio was very
The Tuna Carpaccio was very good and fresh. Portions tend to be on smaller side- with few accompaniments. Very meager desert menu.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM