Dan Dan’s Tiawanese and Sichuan cuisine consistently wows diners in Wayne and in Center City. Now, it’s joined the most recent Suburban Square restaurant revival. Look for specialties like spicy Chengdu chicken and cumin lamb noodles, along with a full bar.
Bella Trattoria debuted this summer in Spring City, just northwest of Phoenixville. The seasonal, locally procured menu at this off-the-beaten-path BYOB comes courtesy of David Backhus (Bloom Southern Kitchen, Oori). Standouts include the pizzas, pastas and an exceptional vegan white bean ragout. Well worth discovering.
The much-missed Wyebrook Farms recently reopened as an online market. The onetime restaurant, store and event space closed operations in 2017 due to mounting township requirements. It’s currently specializing in Black Angus beef and Berkshire pork (with no antibiotics or growth hormones). The sustainable farm offers delivery and pick-up.
West Chester’s Leslie Young Klein and Chanean Bianco recently acquired and reworked the former 43-year-old West Bradford Market at Highland Orchards. Their Hidden House Cafe specializes in hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups and Burlap and Bean coffee. New items include 13-inch artisan pizzas, hot chocolate and seasonal mulled cider.
The former Enoteca Tredici in Bryn Mawr Village has been acquired by Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin. The as-yet-unnamed Italian steakhouse concept will make its debut in 2022, according to Vetri. In related news, Urban Outfitters opened Pizzeria Vetri in the Devon Yard complex this summer.
The Refectory has been resuscitated by the owners of Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft, 118 North and Ardmore Music Hall. The reworked restaurant-and-bar concept on the Villanova University campus will keep the name while offering upscale riffs on comfort classics. Look for an October opening.