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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Opus 251 Restaurant Review: In the room the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo. Although T.S. Eliot was never spotted in this historic Wetherill mansion that houses the Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square, it is nevertheless an intimate environment conducive to the appreciation of all art forms. Have a drink in the cozy bar, consider the user-friendly wine list, and, in summer, dine in the hidden garden that lies beyond the Italianate windows. The fall menu features butternut squash in a few guises---in a strudel or filling cannelloni, chestnuts glazing the duckling, and gnocchi of sweet potatoes. Confit of duck with papardelle, wild mushrooms and truffle oil is tempting, as is venison with dried cranberry bread pudding. A mixed grill of buffalo and ostrich seems silly, but special touches like marmalades and interesting vegetables, may elevate it. For dessert, there are a number of geometric constructions like the chocolate lantern, warm bananas, Earl Grey tea crème brûlée, and homemade ice creams.