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“This is very high quality "old school" Italian dining”
Review of Hosteria Da Elio

Hosteria Da Elio
Ranked #1,912 of 4,509 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Reviewed 8 November 2011

This was an accidental visit and a dining experience unlike anything I have seen in years. Serendipity can be wonderful.

What you need to understand is that this is a small place with a very proud Italian owner who is committed to "the right way" to prepare classic Italian dishes. He is committed to tradition. This is how it has always been done; this is how it will be done.

By the way, small does not mean cramped or noisy. It does mean very attentive service with the owner actively helping his staff. Unlike many other good places in Philly, you can actually have a conversation over the meal and actually hear what is being said.

If you're the "skinny mocha double shot vanilla powder no whipped" kind of person, this is not your place. If you want quality classic Italian dishes made with quality ingredients and meticulous attention to detail for a modest price, you need to stop here.

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Reviewed 8 November 2011

We had intended to go to a Morrocan restaurant but it was so dark that we left. So we were walking along when we discovered this little Italian place. It doesn't look like much on the outside but the food smelled divine outside. A couple was leaving and we inquired and they said reasonable priced and good but it is BYOB.So we decided to try it.
There were four of us and we each chose two different appetizer. The mussels were delicious in the garlic butter, the fresh mozarella with a delightful herb and balsamic vinegar was excellent.
Our main courses varied from veal, salmon, lasagna and lingiune with red clam sauce, each prepared deliciously and served hot to the table. We enjoyed our meal immensely. The owner came to our table and conversed with us briefly which we enjoyed about the preparation of several dishes on the menu.
We stumbled on the Hosteria Da Elio by accident so we did not have wine with us. Next time we will be bringing a good wine with us.

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Thank quasimoto
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

Wen here for my birthday and boy was my B-day ruined. The place is kinda cool inside but thats about it. The soup was cold, the apps were terrible and ordered a veal chop stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella, there was a half of slice of prosciutto and hardly any mozzarella. The veal was way dry and over cooked and just plin terrible. At a price of 40 buks it is an absolute rip-off that was poorly executed. The chef/owner should be embarresed to serve anything like that. We had a slice of tiramisu which was equally as bad, it was hot and mushy and just not good. Save your money and do not go here. Even if the garden is open its not worth ruining your palate over.

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Thank Viny316
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

One of the best BYOs in Philly. (Should note that it is spelled Hostaria not Hosteria, by the way.) Anyway, everything was excellent, especially the lasagna, the eggplant appetizer, and the veal special. Special dessert was incredible. Sweet potato gnocchi some of the best around. Very affordable, too. This is your classic, homey Philly BYO experience.

Thank jhask
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Reviewed 4 October 2008

after being referred to this restaurant by an acquaintance who raved, my fiance and i went for dinner on a friday night. the mussels were ok, but a little fisher than we are accustomed (we LOVE mussels) and my fiance swears there were at least 10 shells that were empty. i ordered the stuffed calamari - the calamari was hard, overcooked, and fishy and the stuffing (which was said to be crab) was bland. the sauce was thin and to be honest...i've had better out of a jar. my fiance had a dish..can't remember the name but it was bowtie pasta with sausage and red peppers. the red peppers were completely out of place, there were 5 small pieces of sausage on the plate and the cheese was already hard and cooling by the time it was served. for the money, the meal was terrible. money aside..the meal was really disappointing.
we're not sure what happened, especially after the raves we've heard and read. did we go too early? (5:30 - they open at 5) did we order the wrong things? (we ordered 2 of the specials) not sure..but i agree with the other post that there are too many other great restaurants in philly to have wasted a meal here.

Thank skiptoomylulu
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