Paul DiBona, co-owner and chef at Pepperoncini Restaurant and Bar in Conshohocken, has created another authentic neighborhood gem in the form of Cedar Craft and Kitchen. Buried deep in a residential area of Glenolden, this unassuming spot has received glowing feedback since it opened in May.
The straightforward Italian-focused menu offers wings, salads and sandwiches with signature twists that surprise and delight. The crispy deep-fried risotto bites ooze with creamy risotto, ham and sharp cheese. Thick and moist, the meatloaf is topped with caramelized onions and tomato gravy, and served over flash-broiled mashed potatoes. Thoughtful veggie options include the portabello pileup of spinach, peppers, onions and Fontina cheese.
Accommodating up to 60 guests, the dining room employs a warm beige palette, hardwood-like floors and charcoal wainscoting to pull off quite an engaging ambiance. The capacious bar sports large TVs, comfortable stools, your typical selection of craft brews and wines, plus reasonably priced free-poured cocktails with nods to personalities like Muddy Waters, the Duke, and Ginger and Mary Ann.
1061 Cedarwood Road, Glenolden, (610) 537-7003, www.barcck.com