Fashion of Philly: Dining: North Italia Restaurant - King of Prussia, PA

Monday, October 1, 2018

Dining: North Italia Restaurant - King of Prussia, PA


Last night, we were invited to preview a new restaurant opening Wednesday, October 3rd at the King of Prussia Mall, North Italia. The restaurant is located on the outside lower level of Savor at the King of Prussia Mall across from Neiman Marcus. This area already had some of my favorite restaurants and now another one has been added to my list. It was a beautiful evening to dine outside, but we decided to take it inside to check out the surroundings.



The dining area is pretty big with seating arrangements for couples, booths for you and some friends, or larger tables for the family. (Check out their kids menu here.) There is also a bar with large television screens making it a great location to grab one of their amazing drinks and watch a game after a day of shopping. If you want more of a private setting there's a small meeting room that can be curtained off for small groups like business meetings and small parties.



I love restaurants that give you a view of the kitchen like this setting. I find it exciting to see the somewhat choreography of the kitchen and how the team works together quickly and efficiently.  The kitchen was hustling and bustling all night under the lead of Chef Travis, North Italia Executive Chef creating amazing dishes for their guests.


With that being said, let's talk about those amazing dishes and cocktails. To start our evening we each ordered a cocktail. I selected the Amaro D'Amici (Redemption Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Clover Honey, Bitter Trio) and Hubby had the Julietta (Ginger Infused Smirnoff, Vanilla, Fiorente Elderflower, Lime, Prosecco). Both cocktails were delicious with a slight citrus flavor. You can tell the ingredients were fresh and selected to enhance the spirits.



Amaro D'Amici
Julietta
Next, for appetizers, my husband and I both love seafood, so we ordered the Crispy Calamari (Arugula & Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette) and the Black Mediterranean Mussels (Spicy Salumi, Butter, Garlic, Fresh Herbs, Grilled Bread). The calamari was light and crunchy, not overly breaded and cooked very well. The mussels very tender, so tender, that you could even eat the adductor mussel, which is the small white, circular part of the mussel. Most of the time, I don't eat it because it can be chewy, but even that was tender. The salumi was very good, spicy, but not too spicy and the bread was perfect for sopping up the sauce in the bowl.

Black Mediterranean Mussels

Crispy Calamari
In between our appetizers and our main course, we ordered another round of cocktails. Since I already started with bourbon, I stuck with that and ordered the Black Apple Manhattan (House Apple Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica, Angostura) and he ordered the Red Sangria (Brandy, Blood Orange, Red Wine, Strawberry, Lime). Once again all the ingredients in the drinks were so fresh and flavorsome. The sangria was almost like a smoothie towards to bottom from the fresh fruit. The Manhattan was smooth and sophisticated garnished with an apple slice and a black cherry.


On to the main course! For me, the Grilled Branzino (Cipollini Onion, Fennel, Broccolini, Farro, Lemon & Butter) and for him, Diver Scallops (Parmesan Risotto, Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Leaf, Crispy Shallot, Pencetta). The bass was grilled enough to bring out the favor and keep it flaky. The lemon and butter sauce brought out amazing favor in the fish and the broccolini and the farro paired well making this dish a hit! As for the scollops, my husband raved and ranted about how good the scollops were. Seared to perfection, tender, not chewy and he loved the risotto!

Grilled Branzino

Diver Scallops
Ready for dessert? Shariff is a huge fan of donuts, so he ordered the Bombolini (Meyer Lemon Curd, Vanilla Mascarpone). There were like little pillows of happiness. Light and airy, fluffy and delightful and the mascarpone was an impeccable compliment. On my side of the table, I had the Salted Caramel Budino (Creme Fraiche, Maldon Sea Salt). It was a soft and creamy pudding with beautiful, delicate layers. Every layer paired very well with the next and the sea salt danced on your palette.

Bombolini

Salted Caramel Budino
My experience at North Italia was very enjoyable. The service was great and felt like family. Our waitress Greicy was so cute and friendly. She made our evening very enjoyable and we'll be looking forward to visiting her again! If you're looking for a new restaurant to experience, make North Italia the next destination. I know we're already planning our next visit. I am a pizza fanatic and their pizzas choices really peaked my interest. They also happy hour menu and brunch on the weekends!


For more information on North Italia, visit NorthItaliaRestaurant.com and make your reservations today!

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