New Main Line Restaurants: 13 Great Reasons to Go Out to Dinner

New restaurants are everywhere, but only a few have that something special to warrant return visits. The past year has seen a bumper crop of new eateries throughout the region, and here are your best bets.

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Alfredo's Lobster Puttanesca. (Photo by Steve Legato)Alfredo Italian BYO

It could be the irresistible bread that’s baked slowly overnight, or the house-made sausage. As it happens, there are just so many things to relish about this quaint BYO, from its comfy surroundings to its large antipasti menu and luscious pasta entrées. Owners Barbara and Alfredo Giannaccari bring lots of love to their fresh Italian preparations—and you don’t have to dig deep into the menu to taste it.
668 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; (610) 640-2962,


You’ll feel right at home in chef  John Wolferth’s humble BYO, just a few blocks from Narberth’s main drag—and he wouldn’t want it any other way. Content and at ease in an open kitchen, Wolferth works effortlessly with his staff to deliver unpretentious fare that’s as comforting as it comes. He even manages the occasional surprise with an unexpected preparation or two. Almost everything’s a keeper on Aperto’s European-inspired menu. If you’re looking for specifics, Wolferth’s braised veal cheeks are a sure bet, as are the house-made desserts.
232 Woodbine Ave., Narberth; (610) 660-0160,

Avalon Pasta Bistro

John Brandt-Lee’s West Chester BYO is already an odds-on favorite for solid, rustic Italian cuisine—and his new tapas-style eatery in Downingtown is headed in that direction. Smaller portions afford the opportunity to try a wide range of items. And you’ll want to. Brandt-Lee turns simple ingredients into delightfully complex and composed mouthfuls, from homemade pastas with savory sauces to his classic baby meatballs. Don’t skip the cheese-and-salumi pairings.
78 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; (610) 873-4200,

Desert Rose Mediterranean Cuisine and Market

Desert Rose may not have the visual pizzazz of other Main Line eateries. But it hardly matters when the food tastes this good. The excellent, reasonably priced fare includes everything from knockout sandwiches and hummus platters to hearty soups and salads. The fresh-baked pita is addicting, and the convenient market offers key Mediterranean staples.
305 W. State St., Media, (484) 442-8012.

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