Isabella Restaurant: Small Plates Make a Big Impression in Conshohocken

The eatery's tapas and other Mediterranean dishes, hinted with Italian flavors, are waking up one of Conshy's sleepy corners.

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Our heaping bowl of mussels was topped with a mound of crisp shoestring potatoes to help sop up the luscious, buttery broth. (You’ll definitely need more bread to get every last drop.)

All of the meat and poultry used at Isabella comes from smaller farms where animals are humanely raised and grass-fed. One result was the melt-in-your-mouth, chili-and-roasted-garlic-marinated beef skewers, with a mild porcini mushroom crema and charred onion. For non-meat types, the homemade spinach ricotta gnocchi are cooked in a cast-iron pan with brown butter, Parmigiano Reggiano and a hint of nutmeg. Tasty, but a bit heavy.

The small plates go well with an Isabella salad—local mixed greens, blue cheese, marinated figs and toasted almonds with a flavorful Pedro Ximenez dressing. The heirloom beet terrine is as delicious to eat as it is to look at. The tricolor stack is sandwiched with goat cheese and thin slices of crisp Serrano ham, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Perfect for sharing, the Tartufo pizza is an earthy blend of garlicy mushrooms, caramelized onions, prosciutto, fontina and Montrachet cheeses, truffle oil, and thyme. Also delicious, the sausage pizza’s homemade meat and mozzarella are combined with San Marzano tomatoes and toasted peppers.

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