With its exceptional service, focused menu, jovial happy hour and unpretentious yet funky vibe, the 13-year-old Gypsy Saloon continues to raise the bar on what a consistently approachable neighborhood joint should be. It’s currently benefitting from the talent of new executive chef Simone Calonaci, who delivers 20 years of Tuscan-style integrity. “We wanted to fine-tune many of our house favorites while taking a few select dishes to an elevated and authentic level,” says co-owner Kim Strengari, explaining the hire.
Shareable appetizers include mussels, a seasonal souffle and mini potato perogies. Filling entree standouts include an impossibly creamy lobster mac and cheese, a richly traditional carbonara, a crispy grilled octopus, and a delicate crespelle. Housemade desserts are defined by a pot de crème that’s a chocolate lover’s dream.
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Pairing libations comes easily thanks to the Saloon’s line of taps, select Old and New World wines, and exuberant mix of cocktails. The colorful lanterns, hand-painted chairs and Euro-chic wallpaper add to an atmosphere that’s ideal for any gypsy to grow roots.
128 Ford St., Conshohocken, (610) 828-8494, www.gypsysaloon.com.