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Review of Hosteria Da Elio

Hosteria Da Elio
Ranked #1,903 of 4,445 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
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.

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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.

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Reviewed 11 March 2008

We were visiting Philadelphia last week and dined here on the recommendation of a friend who until recently lived in the area, as well as our hotel concierge. What a wonderful, charming, restaurant! When you walk through the front door, you enter a small, intimate, dining room with 6-8 tables. There is an additional dining room in the back, as well as a patio for outdoor dining. We had a lovely table for two positioned so we could look out the front windows. The menu is extensive and we were given numerous "special" choices as well. We started with the Gnocchi alla Sorrentino, potato dumplings with mozzarella, basil and marinara sauce. The gnocchi were so light they practically melted in your mouth and the marinara was fresh, aptly described by our friend as "incredible gnocchi". I had the Saltimbocca alla Napolitan, medallions of veal topped with prosciutto, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, in a white wine sauce. The veal was amazingly tender and the sauce was delicious with hints of fresh garlic. My husband had one of the specials, thinly sliced eggplant layered with mascarpone and mozzarella in a marinara sauce. Another outstanding dish with incredible texture and flavors that blended together perfectly. We traded entrees with each other halfway through our meal so we could both enjoy them. We ended our meal with a couple of cappucinos. We really enjoyed a memorable meal here with great food and charming ambience. We also had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Bonnie, the manager, and Elio, the chef/owner . I would highly recommend this restaurant for great italian food prepared with the freshest ingredients.

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Reviewed 16 January 2008

A traditional Italian BYOB with delicious homemade Italian food. Everything is so fresh.

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Reviewed 30 July 2006

absolutely delicious food served in an intimate, friendly atmosphere by interesting staff who will talk about the food if you like.....the eggplant starter is from heaven, as were the veal and the grouper. an unpretentious restaurant with perfect food and knowledgeable staff: you can't do better.

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