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Time to kick back with your friends at some local favorite BYOBs


By Barbara Ann Zippi

Italian BYOBs are a great way to spend time with friends and family. The newest one to join the list is L’angolo’s West. I heard numerous times from Navy veteran and chairman of the Board of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, Louis Cavalieri, that I had to experience L’angolo’s at Broad and Porter. I still hadn’t done it when in mid-June, I heard they opened L’angolo’s West on 26 East Eagle Road in Havertown. Believing in signs, Bob and I joined our favorite eating and traveling group, Les Girls, and experienced the flavors from the Puglia region of Italy at L’angolo’s West. We all ordered something different and shared tastes among the group. Everyone had an appetizer, entree and dessert. With a generous tip for the great service, we each dined for about $40. At times, parking can be challenging, and they are working on their sound levels, but every bite is worth it. Owner Chef Davide Faenza prepares the flavors from Puglia for your main meal and just as my girlfriend Jane Queeney told me, all desserts are made by wife Kathy. Don’t miss the mascarpone cheesecake.

Sharing some other favorites of our friends and relatives: Subscriber Grace Acciavatti’s flair for foods from Abruzzo region is quenched at Il Granaio Italian Restaurant, where she enjoys their perfectly grilled polenta with gorgonzola and mushroom sauce and homemade pastas. You can always count on Fellini’s in Chadds Ford to be open on Mondays. It’s also our escape with friends Joanne Armstrong and Miles for a quiet New Year’s Eve. And my favorite Italian mechanic keeping my car running, Sunny D on U.S. 202, just told us about his neighbor, the Lubrano family and their cooking at Arugula’s, also on U.S. 202 with foods from Central and Southern Italy. How about sharing yours, too? Send your favorites to CiaoBellaLivingItalianStyle@gmail.com. 

Arugula Restaurante Italiano
275 Wilmington-West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, Pa.
(610) 358-0888, Closed Mondays

Fellini’s Cafe Trattoria
1620 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa.
(610) 388-2202

Il Granaio Italian Restaurant
711 Concord Road, Glen Mills, Pa.
(610) 459-8469, Closed Mondays

L’angolo’s West
26 East Eagle Road, Havertown, Pa.
(610) 446-8400

1415 W. Porter St., Philadelphia
(215) 389-4252

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