Late last year, Luigi Pinti and his wife, Judy, pounced on the opportunity to extend the reach of their authentic Roman culinary experience. The latest Core de Roma (Heart of Rome) BYOB sits perched atop the winding streets of Belmont Hills, bringing with it the piquant aromas of garlic, basil and fresh seafood. Similar to its West Chester sister, the new Core de Roma’s interior is awash in warm melon and tangerine tones, punctuated by a unique mix of traditional and contemporary European-themed art. White tablecloths and comfy seating evoke the feel of Old World Italy. Standout dishes include carciofi (artichokes) alla Romana, tender saltimbocca, bucatini all’amatriciana, and classic pasta fagioli and cheese tortellini soups.
All sheet and rolled pastas—lasagna, ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccine—are made in house. Rich sauces include pomodoro, Gorgonzola, vodka and wine. Loaded with seafood, my hearty bowl of linguine pescatora marinara paired perfectly with a favorite bottle of sauvignon blanc.
Three secret house recipes rule the dessert menu—ricotta cheesecake, the cannoli or a luscious tiramisu. Finish the evening with a demitasse of intense espresso.
$5 corkage fee. 201 Jefferson St., Bala Cynwyd, (484) 278-4567, corederomabelmont.com