Scarpetta Modern Italian Restaurant To Open In The Rittenhouse

An elegant New York export joins the Rittenhouse dining ranks...

In just a few short days, The Rittenhouse will be home to an exciting new restaurant — Scarpetta.

Joining a family of restaurants with locations in Manhattan (the original), Miami, Las Vegas and the Hamptons, the restaurant is opening with much excitement surrounding it. While the restaurant may not be exclusive to our fair city, the design and menu at the Philadelphia location will be exclusive to the City of Brotherly Love.

The highly anticipated restaurant opens Wednesday, September 28. Read on for more and get ready to make a reservation.

The Layout

The restaurant spans the bottom two floors of the Rittenhouse Square-facing dining space of The Rittenhouse that long held Smith & Wollensky. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant decorated with modern, minimalist décor creates a luxe atmosphere. Distressed leather, reclaimed white oak and honed Calacatta gold marble are the design staples of the space.

Upon entry, guests of Scarpetta are welcomed by a 30-seat wrap-around, marble bar and expansive lounge that covers the first floor. The downstairs area is expected to be frequented by the after-work crowd for quick bites and drinks in a buzzy atmosphere.

The polished second-floor dining room promises seating for 150 people and prime views of Rittenhouse Square — floor-to-ceiling windows line the wall providing diners with park vistas.

(Photo courtesy Scarpetta Philadelphia)
The 7,000-square-foot restaurant promises seating for 150 people in the dining room upstairs and 30 at the bar downstairs.

Food & Drink

Modern Italian fare is on the menu at Scarpetta. Plates deliver elevated Italian staples like fresh crudo and the restaurant’s signature (and ever-popular) spaghetti, tomato and basil.

Diners can look for main plates like duck and foie gras ravioli, cavatelli with rabbit ragu, black cod with caramelized fennel and dry-aged ribeye.

In addition to meaty mains, the menu easily accommodates vegetarian diners, too, with options like creamy polenta, rosemary-braised lentils, farro risotto and more. A number of to-be-announced Philadelphia-only menu items are expected to roll out in the coming days, too.

The bar pours a menu of curated drinks, many of which play on traditional Italian cocktails. To drink, look forward to a barrel-aged Negroni, Italian-inspired margaritas and a range of both new-world and old-world wines with an emphasis on wines from Italy.

(Photo courtesy Scarpetta Philadelphia)
Scarpetta’s signature spaghetti, tomato and basil (shown here) is one of the most ordered items on the menu.

Scarpetta will be open daily for dinner as of Wednesday, September 28. Lunch and brunch are expected to roll out shortly.

With an intriguing wine list, curated cocktails and sure-to-be delicious food, Scarpetta is sure to live up to its name, which is an ode to savoring the good stuff and the Italian phrase “fare la scarpetta” — or the act of scooping up sauce (or the very last bite of a great meal) with a piece of bread.

Raise a glass of wine (Italian, of course) and welcome this new spot to Rittenhouse Square.

Opening Alert: Scarpetta

When:Opens Wednesday, September 28
Where:Scarpetta Philadelphia, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Pay as you go



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