239 Best Dishes to Eat in Philly


"Gnocchi with duck breast ragù at Sapori www.phillymag.com/restaurants/detail/sapor — In the best rustic cooking, every bite is an affirmation. So it is with this Collingswood trattoria’s root-sweet ragù, studded with ready-to-melt morsels of duck breast and gnocchi so smooth and light, you’ll swear they were held in suspension just long enough to get to your mouth. Resist the waiter’s kindly offer of grated parmesan — you don’t want to mask a single molecule of this long-simmered miracle.

South Jersey Magazine 2009

"South Jersey Best Chef Special Award"

 

Rated Excellent Zagat 2008


"You can taste" the work that goes into the "Great" Italian preparations at this rustic Collingswood BYO fronted by a "delightful" owner who often stops by tables to greet guests; it all seems so "authentic" here, some say they "thought they were dining in a trattoria in Italy."

 

“…A Collingswood standard, this warm, cheerful Italian BYOB serves up homey pastas — rigatoni with flavorful duck ragu, cheese tortellini in a pea-dotted mushroom sauce — in an unpretentious dining room. You know you are in good hands when a meal starts with a bread accompanied by an irresistible zucchini-and-parmesan puree in place of pedestrian olive oil, and ends with a complimentary sip of limoncello. (And you’ll marvel at the waiter as he drinks a shot of the potent digestive with each table.) ”

- Philadelphia Magazine, December 2006

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“…Sapori, is a sexy spot for the twosome who enjoy dim lighting and a home cooked rustic, Italian meal. It is edible ecstasy!”

- New Jersey Lifestyle, Winter 2004

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“On a recent night the chef cooked fresh sardines- not the salty, canned variety- with tomato sauce, fennel, pine nuts, raisins and crispy breadcrumbs, it was delicious!”

- Courier Post, January 27, 2004

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“… a memorable night of simple, very well done Italian fare in a setting where we felt more like guests in Lombardo’s house than paying patrons in a restaurant.”

- Philadelphia Inquirer March 7, 2004

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“This could have easily been an award winning entrée from a world class European restaurant. The tender, flavorful rabbit was the best Chris had ever had in New Jersey or the U.S. for that matter.”

- Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Newsletter May 2004

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“ Owner, Franco Lombardo, a Sicilian Native, places great importance on fresh ingredients that are lovingly used to create light, but flavorful dishes.

- South Jersey Magazine August 2004

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“From Italy to Collingswood, an Italian masterpiece."

- SJ Magazine October 2004

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Restaurant report in NJLifestyle 2007:
For the ever-growing audience that has discovered Sapori, the menu has become totally unnecessary. Upon arrival, they basically say the same thing: “ I want Franco to cook for me”. They have surrendered the decision process and placed it in the hands of the chef. It might be the greatest compliment a chef could ever hope to receive.

 

2008 “Philadelphia magazine”
“Best of Philly… Best Byob”


2008 ‘SJ magazine ”
“Best Italian restaurant in south Jersey”

2008 “Zagat Survey” Best 1,000 Italian restaurant in the USA”

“Rated Excellent- You can taste the work that goes into the "Great" Italian preparations at this rustic Collingswood BYO fronted by a "delightful" owner who often stops by tables to greet guests; it all seems so "authentic" here, some say they "thought they were dining in a trattoria in Italy”

2007 “SJ Magazine”

“Sapori, Authentic Italy”…. Chef Franco Lombardo fills his charming restaurant with warmth, passion and the specialty flavors of his homeland. It’s a great spot for lunch or a night with friends and a good bottle of wine. Your waiter- who is knowledgeable in all the extraordinary dishes on the menu- will cater to your every need and if you are lucky, Franco himself will stop by your table to chat for a while.”

2007 “Zagat Survery”

“ Bellissimo! Sizes up this “romantic”, rusticated Byo Collingswood trattoria where the cooking produces “savory” results that take you the “closest you’ll get to Italy in South Jersey; the staff does “everything in its power to please”, and pricewise, it’s a terrific value” to Boot.”



December 2006 “Philadelphia magazine”

“…A Collingswood standard, this warm, cheerful Italian BYOB serves up homey pastas — rigatoni with flavorful duck ragu, cheese tortellini in a pea-dotted mushroom sauce — in an unpretentious dining room. You know you are in good hands when a meal starts with a bread accompanied by an irresistible zucchini-and-parmesan puree in place of pedestrian olive oil, and ends with a complimentary sip of limoncello. (And you’ll marvel at the waiter as he drinks a shot of the potent digestive with each table.) ”


August 2006 “ New Jersey Monthly”

“23rd annual Readers’ choice awards.. Best Italian”

2004/2005/2006 “ZAGAT Survey”

“Rated Excellent” – “Boisterous” boosters” love to talk to” “young, creative” chef-owner Franco Lombardo at this “romantic” Italian Byob- that is, when the Sicily native is out in the simply decorated. High-ceilinged dining room rather than back in the kitchen fixing” fresh pastas with well-crafted sauces”; it’s already yet” another reason” ‘small-town” “Collingswood is a comer on the restaurant scene.”

October 2004 “SJ Magazine”

“From Italy to Collingswood, an Italian masterpiece."



August 2004 “South Jersey Magazine”
“ Owner, Franco Lombardo, a Sicilian Native, places great importance on fresh ingredients that are lovingly used to create light, but flavorful dishes”


May 2004 “Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Newsletter”
“This could have easily been an award winning entrée from a world class European restaurant. The tender, flavorful rabbit was the best Chris had ever had in New Jersey or the U.S. for that matter.”


March 2004 “New Jersey Lifestyle”
“…Sapori, is a sexy spot for the twosome who enjoy dim lighting and a home cooked rustic, Italian meal. It is edible ecstasy!”



March 2004 “ The Philadelphia Inquirer”
“ Living up to its name, very nicely”
“… a memorable night of very well done Italian fare in a setting where we felt more like guests in Lombardo’s house than paying patrons in a restaurant.”


January 2004 “Courier Post”
“ Chef Lombardo brings interesting options to new eatery: On a recent night the chef cooked fresh sardines- not the salty, canned variety- with tomato sauce, fennel, pine nuts, raisins and crispy breadcrumbs, it was delicious!”


- December 2003 “ Cuizine magazine - The Collingswood Renaissance”
“ Perhaps the most exciting, certainly the newest and most delicious addition to the Collingswood Restaurant scene is SAPORI. Franco and his wife Marisa have created a singularly beautiful space in which to dine, and a palate of flavors that will have you musing for days after your meal. Tables at Sapori are among the most coveted in town..


December 2003 “ Quick Bites”
“ Though Camden County may seem to boast more Italian restaurant than anywhere outside of Italy, Sapori differentiates itself nicely by letting quality ingredients do the talking..