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Il Pittore

2025 Sansom St. (20th St.) Send to Phone
215-391-4900 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Il Pittore offers the artful Italian cuisine of chef/owner Chris Painter.
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Il Pittore Restaurant Review

: It's no coincidence that Il Pittore in Italian means “the painter.” And it's more than just about the fact that “Painter” is the chef's last name. Chef/owner Chris Painter is indeed artistic, and also skilled at conjuring the flavors of the Italian table, from Sicily to Piedmont, Emilia Romagna to Tuscany. Although this is a partnership with Starr Restaurants, for whom Painter has worked for close to a decade, there is nothing scene-y about this restaurant, with its quiet acoustics, warm burnished woods and glowing yellow lights. Downstairs, cozy up at a ten-seat counter or at a communal table for eight, or head upstairs to the main dining room where skylights, large bay windows and comfortable banquettes set the stage for a memorable meal. Choose one of the handcrafted cocktails (we like The Sansom Sour with egg white) or a bottle of wine from the Italian-centric boutique list. Artisanal salumi, a smoky cod with saffron baccala and poached calamari, and a woodsy bruschetta with mushroom ragù are all good ideas. House-made pastas include the corzetti with braised goat spiked with mint and chili oil. Chef Painter is adept at making flavors meld in new and exciting ways, as he does with the tender braise of veal cheeks and blood orange marmalade. But his dishes are never overly fussy, as the pan-roasted monkfish over lentils in a grain mustard vinaigrette can attest. For dessert, target the apple crostada with granola streusel and hazelnut gelato.

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