We visited the restaurant based on a "Philadelphia Magazine" review (http://www.phillymag.com/restaurants/detail/hostaria_da_elio). This is the place to go for delicious food in an unpretentious setting. Our server knew the menu intimately and could describe subtle details in the different options -- cuts and preparations of the meats, ingredient differences in the sauces, etc. The eggplant appetizer was pleasantly vinegary-sweet. We had the veal cannelloni, which was very delicate and the clams in white sauce, which had a perfect balance of clams, garlic, and oil. All the sauces were light and complimented vice overwhelmed the meat/pasta. And the Italian wedding cake is light and not too sweet.
The only potential down-side is that the restaurant is the layout of the restaurant. Some of the kitchen storage appears to have migrated into part of the dining room -- the freezer for the desserts and boxes of extra cups and napkins -- which distracted from the experience, and the Ladies room opened directly onto our table. Request a table in the front or the back garden (not back dining area, where we sat) and this should be less of a problem.
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