Giorgio On Pine
1328 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ideal for: Family Gathering, Celebration
By now you must know my obsession with gnocchi and Italian food. And can you blame me? Pasta is one of the most versatile dishes ever. When I went to Giorgio on Pine, I knew that the pasta-bilities were going to be endless.
In all seriousness, Giorgio on Pine is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Philadelphia area. I do not say this lightly, as I am a gnocchi connoisseur. All the pasta is homemade at Giorgio’s, and the variety of sauces and toppings makes it even better.
As always I went for the classic gnocchi Alfredo, a decision I regretted when I tried the gnocchi with a blush sauce. I have said it before, but I am extremely picky when it comes to tomato sauce. It has to be salty, not sweet, and it has to be freshly made. I can tell when the tomato sauce comes from a can, and I refuse to eat it if that’s the case. But Giorgio’s tomato sauce was indeed fresh, homemade, and salty as I like it. The tomato helped balance the creaminess of the Alfredo sauce and made me question my decision of choosing my go-to plate instead of experimenting with different flavors.
I then tried from my friend’s plate, who ordered sweet potato gnocchi with Alfredo sauce. I have never been a fan of sweet potato, I am one of those few millennial that do not eat it at every meal. But this gnocchi was so good, I am still dreaming of the sweet potato gnocchi. They were sweet but not too much, the texture was a little harder than the regular gnocchi, and the cream sauce definitely tamed the flavor of the sweet potato. She added a ton of Parmesan cheese that gave it a sharper taste, and I realized I have made a mistake again. I should have ordered this plate.
I was convinced that was the best plate of pasta I was going to try that night until I sampled Giorgio’s cheese ravioli. The filling was made with very creamy ricotta cheese seasoned with some salt, pepper and a hint of garlic. It was cooked al dente, just how I like my ravioli to be like, and it was served with the same blush sauce I loved too much.
Then, when I thought the food couldn’t get better I tried the primavera pasta. It was spaghetti with seasonal veggies like peas and green beans in a tomato sauce. You can also opt to eat it with a white wine garlic sauce, and I only wish someone else at the table had done this so I could sample it.
Each of these plates was better than the one before. When I say I regret ordering one item, it doesn’t mean that my plate wasn’t delightful, but that the next one I tried was even better. I have never been to a restaurant that each plate I try is better than the other one, but Giorgio on Pine did it. It made me question my love for gnocchi, and made me crave pasta more than I have ever done before.
Jewtina Tips: No matter what you order, ask for the blush sauce.
Teenu- Disfruta- Enjoy!