Chef Bryan Sikora already possesses an exemplary lineage of local culinary crowns, including Merchant Bar, La Fia Bakery/Bistro and Cocina Lolo. For his latest upscale-casual spot, he and wife Andrea Loconti have ventured into burgeoning fringe ’burb Kennett Square.
Hearth Kitchen’s well-designed, industrial-chic interior blends intimate lighting with waterfall glass and rich, dark wood accents. The menu boasts small-, medium- and large-plate options that are at once sophisticated and playfully presented. Standouts include the chopped-clam-and-bacon toast, the pork cheek ravioli and an oven-roasted branzino. We opted for the ricotta gnocchi, which wooed us with its tender bites and a flavorful sweet-corn and-tomato cream sauce.
Hearth Kitchen boasts a sophisticated wine list, a solid craft-beer selection and a blend of classic and contemporary cocktails, including a killer Old Fashioned and a sultry Samba (with tequila). And don’t skip dessert—especially the lightly stacked lemon semifreddo (with toasted almonds and strawberry puree) or the toasted polenta cake.
847 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, (484) 732-8320, www.hearthkennettsquare.com.