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Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants In America

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Wine-CellarPHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s now February and we are less than two weeks away from Valentine’s Day. Are you looking for a romantic venue to take that special someone in your life?

If so, is offering its help by releasing a list of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants In America for this year.

Six of the 100 most romantic restaurants are in either New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Sorry Delaware, none of your restaurants cracked the list.

The two New Jersey establishments named were Cafe Matisse in Rutherford, NJ and Peter Shields Inn in Cape May, NJ.

Pennsylvania’s restaurants were Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm located in Holicong, PA, The Farmhouse at Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg, PA, Duling Kurtz House in Exton, Pa and Philadelphia’s own Bistro Romano.

Bistro Romano
120 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 25th year! Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). Over 750 wine selections, including 20 by the glass.

The list of restaurants was generated from an analysis of over five million reviews of over 20,000 restaurants in the United States by users of the site.

Bourbon & Whiskey Tasting – Bistro Romano

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Bistro Romano Bourbon and Whiskey Tasting Event

Whether your Curious or Passionate Join us for WHISKEY BUSINESS

Bourbon & Whiskey Tasting Don’t Miss Out!

EVENT: Whiskey Business
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
120 Lombard Street, Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA

  • Six Whiskeys  & Serious Cocktails
  • Small Bites &  DiBruno Bros. Cheeses
  • $25.00 per person

Bourbons & Whiskeys

  • Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon
  • Larceny Bourbon
  • Henry McKenna 10 Year Bourbon
  • Evan Williams Single Barrel 2005
  • Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
  • Rittenhouse Rye

Whiskey Cocktails

  • Aurora – Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Domaine de Canton, Bitter Truth Celery Bitters, Orange & Carrot Juice
  • Midnight Manhattan – Evan Williams Single Barrel, Cranberry Bitters, Perucchi   Sweet Vermouth & Amarena Cherry

Reserve today. Call (215) 925-8880 to purchase tickets or click on Buy Now.


Bistro Romano has received the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). To be notified of future Cellar Club events complete the form below.



Cellar Club Wine Tasting April 29, 2015

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Wines of France – Guigal Wines

We are very excited to have Carianne  Brookins Philadelphia to host our Cellar Club on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 featuring Guigal Wines from the Rhone Valley in France.

Guigal is an extraordinary producer, first it is their decision that they will only purchase vineyards that are capable of producing truly great wines.  Therefore despite their important production, they own only 150 acres, all in the Northern  Rhone.  They own overwhelmingly the finest collection of vineyards in Côte-Rôtie, the finest, carefully selected sites in both Condrieu and Saint Joseph, four exquisite parcels in Hermitage, and some of the finest vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage.  These 150 acres are truly the finest sites in the Northern Rhone, and serve as the source for their estate-bottled wines and the foundation for their Northern Rhone appellation wines.

Don’t Miss Out!

EVENT: 43rd Cellar Club
DATE: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
TIME: 7:00 PM
HOSTED BY: Carianne Brookins


  • Baumard Crement
  • Cote du Rhone Blanc
  • Cote du Rhone Rose
  • Cote du Rhone Rouge
  • Gigondas
  • Crozes-Hermitage
  • Condriue
  • Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Quinta do Noval Port


Chef will prepare:

  • Hors d’oeuvres paired with the featured wines
  • Presentations will include an extensive imported International cheese selection from DiBruno Bros. & cured Italian meats

The elegant dinner station will include:

  • Our award-winning caesar salad
  • A selection of homemade pastas
  • Fresh fish fillet
  • Carved filet mignon
  • A selection of our desserts and coffee will conclude our chef’s presentation

Don’t miss this exciting evening of sipping and savoring, mixing and mingling and tasting and teaching. Cellar Club guests will also receive the following, with our compliments:

  • Conversation with Carianne Brookins
  • Conversation with DiBruno Bros. Cheese Monger
  • $20.00 Grazie Gift Certificate for use on your next visit in the restaurant
  • A complimentary bottle of wine that will be presented at the Cellar Club Tasting
  • An opportunity to win a bottle of one of these exceptional wines to be presented at the Cellar
  • Club Tasting

Bistro Romano has received the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence (Two Glasses). 

Cost is $90.00 per person exclusive of 8% tax and 20% gratuity which includes the wines, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, the take home bottle and $20 Gift Certificate.

Reserve today. Call (215) 925-8880

Reservations to the event are prepaid with a credit card and are non-refundable. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us at 215-925-8880.

New Years Eve With Bistro Romano

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image001Bistro Romano Serves Up the New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala in Philadelphia Featuring City Rhythm Orchestra

Bistro Romano takes part in Philadelphia’s annual event as guests dance away 2014 and ring in 2015.

Bistro Romano, Philadelphia’s popular regional Italian restaurant, is geared up for another evening of fun and dancing as the year 2014 comes to a close. In barely eight weeks, locals and guests in Philadelphia will be putting their dancing shoes to good use in the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Eve 2014 Dinner Gala Party, produced by Bistro Romano.

Featuring the distinctive sound of City Rhythm Orchestra, the New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala is about to prove it is the best dinner dance party and supper club performance in Philly to say goodbye to 2014 and ring in 2015 – and with tickets selling out fast.

With several earned music awards to their name, in Pop/Rock and Jazz/Swing categories, City Rhythm Orchestra is about to enthrall guests with their stellar horns, a rockin’ rhythm section, innovative arrangements and versatile vocalists that create an extraordinary experience.

On the eve welcoming 2015, people can party to City Rhythm Orchestra’s music, the sounds of Sinatra, classic rock, party tunes, swing and Motown. Guests can indulge in the hors d’oeuvre reception, enjoy the four-course gourmet dinner and dance to the party favors. Come midnight, guests welcome 2015 with a bang through a Champagne Toast and a fireworks display on the river.

This year’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill, fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation. The hotel now houses a contemporary space, complete with upgraded amenities, enhanced Philadelphia restaurants and an open, inviting layout – making it an ideal place for an evening of fun and entertainment welcoming the New Year.

The place-to-be in Philly for fine wines and unique pairings, Bistro Romano holds the yearly New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala as one of its several events that celebrate the city of Philadelphia and its love for celebrations. The Italian restaurant and bar also holds similar special events such as the New Year’s Eve A La Carte Dining and Mystery Theatre at its historic 120 Lombard Street location.

To find out more and make your reservation please visit


Bistro Romano is a popular romantic restaurant in Philadelphia known for its wide range of Italian dishes and fine wines that bring together old world quality and simplicity with new world innovation. In their 28th year the restaurant is located in the historic 18th century granary with candlelight dining at 120 Lombard St. in Philadelphia, they bring together old world quality and simplicity with new world innovation to create a menu that tempts a wide range of palates.



Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines throughout the World

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meatballsAlthough the two most popular Italian dishes are by far the pizza and the pasta, the realm of Italian food spreads way beyond it with its great quality fish, cured meat, specially processed cheese, etc all adding that touch of tradition and specialty! What makes Italian food all the more fascinating is the diversity it offers – the food habits and popular cuisines of the north and central regions of the country are quite different from those of the south.

With a rich heritage of tradition and exquisite quality, Italian food from all regions are special and has something unique to offer. The Italian food items popular across the central regions of the country are characterized by the use of four popular ingredients – tomatoes, chicken livers, cured pork and sauté of celery, carrot and onions. The pastas produced in this region are made by a very simple processing technique from flour and egg with the richness in its taste lying in its simplicity. The pastas are popularly stuffed with parmesan cheese, lonza of pork, mortadella, raw ham or egg.

If you move to Tuscany, you are bound to notice the striking features of the local cuisines. One of the most noticeable uniqueness lies in the locally produced bread that is baked without salt that are often consumed with the typical white beans. The Tuscans are also popular for their consumption of  meat. In fact, the best beef comes from Val di Chiana, which is traditionally grilled and served with a drizzling of olive oil.

Thus we see that the Italian food items from the central region of the country present a platter of cuisines which on hand are exquisite while on the other are very unique to their birthplace. The best you can enjoy few of these traditional Italian food items is by traveling across central Italy and enjoy them right at their sources of production.

However, if you are unable to do that at the moment, the best option for you is to visit the highly romantic Bistro Romano Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Excellent Italian Food in Philadelphia

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There is as food myth is that Italians only drink two types of coffee, with no variation. This is not true at all. There are two main types of coffee consumed in Italy (espresso and cappuccino) but there are several variations. Italians prefer very strong coffee, which is served at a drinkable temperature, not scalding hot like Americans consume. Cappuccino is basically the same in Italy as it is in other parts of the world. It can be made “scuro” which is dark with very little milk, “senza schiuma” which is with no froth, or “chiaro” which is light with lots of milk. Espresso can be customized as well and is available in the following ways: “macchiato”, which has milk added; “Al vetro”, which is served in a glass rather than a cup; “lungo”, which has more water added; “regolare”, which is regular, or a normal espresso; and “ristretto”, which is extremely strong and concentrated.

the-bistro-romano-picWhat could be better than a great night out on a romantic date, than to share a romance filled dinner at a great Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Italian food has always been considered romantic and if you are lucky enough to live in a place where there are many Italian restaurants you might be looking for some easy to remember tips in picking out a fabulous spot for your date.

When you decide to dine Italian you can bet one thing for sure, and that is that you will leave the establishment full and satisfied. This is because the Italians know how to feed the diners that eat their food, and this is something that stemmed all the way back to when the chef was dining at their own home.

Eating Italian is almost a cultural event in its own right, and if you are looking to enjoy fine food to quench your fan desire then look no further than a great plate of pasta, gnocchi, ravioli, calamari, pollo milanese, veal and many other great Italian dishes.

Most Popular Romantic Restaurants in Philadelphia is Bistro Romano

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Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, planning to propose or simply want to enjoy the company of a loved one, the perfect venues are romantic restaurants. One of the most popular romantic restaurants in Philadelphia is Bistro Romano with the perfect ambiance and atmosphere for your romantic date. This romantic Italian food restaurant setting will allow you to feel relaxed and comfortable so you can enjoy each others company as well as the food of course.

Bistro Romano is situated in a picturesque setting and offers the perfect backdrop to your date. This will provide the opportunity to hold hands and enjoy the atmosphere around you.

Check out the great Italian menu and their large selection of wine and as always you will always have an attentive staff to wait on you. The location is wonderful which is perfect for any romantic date. Call Bistro Romano at (215) 925-8880 so assist you in ensuring that your romantic date is extra special.

Bistro Romano
120 Lombard Street, Society Hill
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-8880

Visit Bistro Romano a romantic Italian restaurant in Philadelphia

Italian Food in Philadelphia

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Italy is one of the oldest countries in the world, and thanks to the geographical boundaries of the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps it has remained largely unchanged throughout history. Even during the Roman Empire, Italy was set apart. Legions that had been abroad always knew when they had returned to the mother country. Italian food history, however, reaches far beyond the country’s borders.

Pasta helps create healthy Italian food because it cuts down on the amount of fat in the meal. If the meal is largely pasta, you will have no problem staying below the 30% of calories coming from fat.

When it comes to fine Italian foods, you must never forget the meats. There are many dishes that call for various forms of meat, and some very popular recipes ask for lamb or pork to bring the most out of the meal. The Italians have been using meat just as long as any other culture, and when you are going to enjoy a fine Italian meal you need to expect something to be offered that contains meat in it. Many of the fine dishes that grace Italian tables and wonderful Mediterranean restaurants, include poultry and or fish. This is a great way to get the meat in the dish, yet not have the recipe be too heavy where you are full by the second course. Italian meals that are made with meat can be enjoyed any time of the year, and the more you look to enjoy a fine Italian dish the more likely you are to find one that has your meat intake covered graciously.

When you decide to dine Italian you can bet one thing for sure, and that is that you will leave the establishment full and satisfied. This is because the Italians know how to feed the diners that eat their food, and this is something that stemmed all the way back to when the chef was dining at their own home. Eating Italian is almost a cultural event in its own right, and if you are looking to enjoy fine food to quench your fan desire then look no further than great Italian food at Bistro Romano in Philadelphia.

Visit Bistro Romano a romantic Italian restaurant in Philadelphia

Pan Seared Medallions of Monk Fish

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Pan Seared Medallions of Monk Fish topped with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, Red Pepper, Cilantro & EVOO with a Cherry Balsamic Reduction.

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Iceberg Wedge

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Roasted Peppers, Pancetta & Tomato, House-Made Gorgonzola Dressing, Organic Basil & Crumbled Gorgonzola.

Visit Bistro Romano a romantic Italian restaurant in Philadelphia