Monday, September 16, 2013

Friday dinner in West Chester...Roots Cafe and D'Ascenzo's Gelato

Updated my Italy page to include photos and a bit more info...more to come on restaurants.

Speaking of restaurants, on the local front we went out for dinner in West Chester on Friday night with friends and tried Roots Cafe. It is in the old Gilmore location on Gay Street. It had formally had the space next to Starbucks and was just breakfast and lunch but moved this summer and added BYOB dinners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

We loved our dinner! It's a farm to table place so all the produce is local and the menu is small but creative, while the prices are very reasonable (I think the most expensive entree was $23) and the portions enormous.

Two of us had the arugula, apple, blue cheese salad, one had bean soup with turkey sausage and another the incredible mac & cheese gnocchi. The salads were really delicious with a light tasty dressing and the cheese sourced locally and the gnocchi was truly sinful. For dinner, we had duck with jalapeno flavored polenta, pistachio crusted swordfish with basil/portobello risotto and the pork belly entree. All were creatively prepared and delicious.

Give it a try...they don't take reservations but are just beginning to be you can still snag a table.

After dinner we went to our favorite dessert spot...D'Ascenzo's Gelato which is on the other side of Gay Street. This is truly first class good as Italy! Their flavors are so fresh tasting and artificial flavor and the gelato is made onsite. My favorite flavors are the brown sugar cinnamon as well as the sea salt caramel, while my husband is partial to the mocha chip as well as the coconut and the dark chocolate. It's getting close to the end of the season so stop in while you can. I'm not sure what we are going to do when they close for the season...we've gotten into the habit of stopping by during our Friday night after dinner strolls in WC!

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