La Porta Ristorante & Wine Bar Review

The Media pizza restaurant emphasizes a casual dining experience in the comfort of warm digs and a classic, light Italian menu.

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La Porta Ristorante & Wine Bar

Location: 1192 N. Middletown Road, Media.
Contact: (610) 358-5104,
Cuisine: Regional, seasonal Italian, emphasizing small plates, snacks and brick-oven pizzas. 
Cost: Appetizers and small plates $6-$12, entrées and salads $7-$15. 
Attire: Casual. 
Atmosphere: Rustic and lively. Ideal for families, couples and groups. The bar is a great place to order a pie and watch the game. 
Hours: 11:30-2 a.m. daily.
Extras: Takeout available beginning at 11 a.m. Gluten-free options. Pizza kitchen open 10 p.m.-2 a.m., with $2 Peroni beers and half-price pizzas.

Saltimbocca, La Porta style, with a crispy zucchini cake, crabmeat and vinaigrette. (Photo by Steve Legato)Peter McAndrews’ reputation precedes him. With a quartet of stellar Philadelphia restaurants to his name—Modo Mio, Monsú, Paesano’s and, most recently, Popolino—this citified chef is really a Delaware County guy at heart. It’s the place he’s called home for years.

Even so, McAndrews wasn’t necessarily on the hunt for a place in his own neck of the woods—but one look at the old Locust Crest Tavern on Route 352 pretty much sealed the deal. “The spot kind of picked me,” he says, noting the undeniable charm of the place, even before months of massive renovations and disheartening setbacks.

What has emerged is a rustic and unfussy space, thanks to a mishmash of hardware, lumber and doors salvaged from old department stores, a Villanova mansion and even Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

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