The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Six Penn Kitchen

FINALLY! A restaurant I can recommend without reservation, without equivocation! We went to Six Penn Kitchen last weekend and were genuinely impressed. We were not able to get reservations for the same day, even though we're willing to dine on parents-of-small-children-time (5pm, 5:30), but we did get in at the bar. The beer selection was small but astute; the service was neither surly nor incompetent. So we were already ahead of the game before we even had any food.

And the food was excellent. I was in the mood for a good Emilia-Romagna style pasta, so I was pleased to see that they had a tagliatelle with lamb ragĂș sauce. It was almost perfect--almost no tomatoes, lots of lamb, and cream. I didn't love the sprouts they put on top of it (a strange choice), but the sauce and pasta were great. The wife had a very good pizza, and we shared their red oak, pomegranate, pear, gorgonzola, candied pecan and maple vinaigrette salad. Everything was fresh and--bonus--the chef is a locavore, and much of the food came from local sources. I think it's my new favorite place.



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