From gourmet pizza to modern French fare, international cuisines hit the Main Line.
Real trees and high ceilings create an airy atmosphere at Enoteca Tredici.
The suburban restaurant scene has been ablaze of late, with new and innovative spots opening from one end of Lancaster Avenue to the other, and just about every town in between—and the latest crop of eateries is a delicious study in international fare.
There’s nothing hotter on the Main Line than Enoteca Tredici (915 Lancaster Ave., 484.381.0268, tredicibm.com), Greg Dodge’s new see-and-be-seen restaurant in Bryn Mawr Village. “I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had strangers hug me in the street and say thank you for bringing this to our neighborhood,” says Dodge, who’s also behind Center City hot spots Zavino and Tredici Enoteca. Besides the stunning space, replete with trees and soaring ceilings, the food is outstanding, with Moroccan spice ribs, the chicken Parmigiana and the squid ink linguini with clams fast becoming crowd faves. And with Tredici’s success brings inspiration for another possible concept. “Tredici is a once-in-a-lifetime restaurant in that it’s seemingly universally loved. It leads me to think about opening one or two more in dierent suburban areas in Philadelphia.”
Set to open in the grand old Primavera Kitchen Space on the outskirts of Suburban Square, e Bercy (7 E. Lancaster Ave.) is generating quite a buzz as one of the most anticipated openings of the year. Named after a neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, the Bercy is a rustic and modern French/American brasserie with a focus on the raw bar, wood-red rotisserie items and steak frites. “The 230-seat dining room will be a community gathering place where families can have dinner, businessmen and women can network, and mom and dad can go for a needed date night,” says co-owner Justin Weathers. “The food, beverage, hospitality and the grand space itself will turn this into a hangout for people multiple times a week.” Standout dishes are set to include creole shrimp salad served with remoulade-dressed endive and a spicy red roux vinaigrette and classic French onion soup made from hearty beef bone broth, caramelized onions and melted Gruyere cheese.
A Mediterranean board w with falafel, hummus, tzatziki and quinoa tabbouleh at Enoteca Tredici.
Taking over another old restaurant haunt (Maia and Avenue Kitchen), Villanova’s new MAIN & VINE (789 Lancaster Ave.), set to open in December, is a study in Northern California-focused American fare. Owned by restaurateur Jay Stevens, who honed his chops at Starr Restaurants in Philly and David Burke Restaurants in New York, MAIN & VINE oers touches of French, Italian, Latin, Asian and American inuences throughout. And while the food is set to be stellar, it’s the drinks program that will keep the Main Line set coming for more. It’s not a wine bar per se, but there will be a healthy amount of California-focused bottles on the menu, as well as a cocktail program that takes a garden-to-glass approach.
Adding yet another type of cuisine to Ardmore’s ever-growing restaurant scene, Pala’a (18 W. Lancaster Ave., 484.413.2392) 23-seat BYOB recently opened, oering traditional Latin American seafood delights such as tartares, ceviches, chupe, arepas and patacones—which are savory fried plantain sandwiches— all of which can be washed down with housemade fresh juices and frozen sorbet. Quickly becoming a local fave, the decor is as colorful and vibrant as the food, with the owners’ native Venezuelan roots evidenced with graphics of beach chairs and azure shores.
Snap Custom Pizza is known for fresh ingredients.
On the fast and fresh front, restaurateur Rob Wasserman’s Snap Custom Pizza (multiple locations, snapcustompizza.com) is slowly taking over the Main Line (after moving into the beloved Peace a Pizza locations). Pizza lovers can customize their pies to the hilt at locations in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Conshohocken, and soon they’ll be able to do it at the newest Snap location in the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center. Be sure to try the Kennett Square made with herb butter, roasted mushrooms, baby arugula, shredded mozzarella, crumbled goat cheese and true oil. “We love that we can bring our create-your-own fresh pizza and salads to another area in the neighborhood we call home,” says Wasserman. And at King of Prussia’s burgeoning Town Center, weary holiday shoppers can stop by the new Choolah Indian BBQ (155 Main St., Ste. 120, 484.674.6316, choolah.com) for some hormone-, antibiotic- and GMO-free foods cooked in a custombuilt tandoor clay oven.