Exotic, high-speed supercars may be his area of expertise, but Robert DiStanislao, president of Porsche of the Main Line, also knows his way around the suburbs’ bustling dining scene. Although he’ll sometimes venture into Center City to hit up a few of his favorites there—“Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (1426-28 Chestnut St., 215-246-053) is the ideal venue for fine dining in a relaxed, professional atmosphere,” he says—DiStanislao has plenty of raveworthy choices out in his neck of the woods. If you’re looking to expand your restaurant repertoire beyond city lines, take a hint from his roundup of all-star suburban eateries.
The Birchrunville Store Cafe “The Birchrunville Store Cafe prides itself on [offering] a personal and intimate experience. Owner and chef Francis Trzeciack’s French-Italian cuisine is traditional yet original. The list of appetizers is full of light choices, including everything from a goat cheese soufflé to sliced bresaola.” 1403 Hollow Road, Birchrunville, 610-827- 9002
Giumarello’s Restaurant “There are few restaurants that can provide a finer dining experience than Giumarello’s. Good service, superior cuisine, and most of all a squeaky-clean kitchen make this a great spot for dinner. It also has a new outdoor patio and the GBar Lounge, which is a more relaxed area of the restaurant.” 329 Haddon Ave., Haddon Township, NJ, 856-858-9400
Homemade “For fast, no-nonsense food, go directly to Homemade, one of Narberth’s hidden gems. You’ll definitely want to look up directions beforehand or you will drive right past it: The restaurant is small, but the portions are generous. Homemade is known for its award-winning sandwiches.” 106 N. Essex Ave., Narberth, 484-270-8328
Sapori “Chef Franco Lombardo—from Palermo, Italy—has achieved his intentions with Sapori, a model of a genuine Italian culinary and cultural experience. Franco crafts his [menu] based on the ingredients’ seasonal and local availability. The tiramisu alone is worth the trip to Collingswood.” 601 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ, 856-858-2288
Savona “Savona offers fine Italian cuisine. Executive Chef Andrew Masciangelo employs his farm-to-table scheme to ensure that every guest enjoys the freshest and most flavorful ingredients accessible. I personally recommend the Dover sole with a lemon–pine nut butter sauce, known as one of his signature entrées.” 100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills, 610-520-1200