Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

200 Main Street, Town Center

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

(610) 337-4810

https://davios.com/kop

Davio's King of Prussia, PAShould you be contemplating a visit to Davio’s, there are a number of pertinent facts to keep in mind… First of all, the restaurant is cavernous and extremely noisy. Caught between the high ceiling, the hardwood floors and the bustling bar scene, when the joint is jumping, which seems to be most of the time, the decibel level does quite a bit of jumping of its own. It is absolutely no exaggeration to say that it is difficult to carry on a civilized conversation with the person sitting right next to you without shouting. If you and your spouse/significant other happen to be in the mood for a quiet little dinner tête à tête, trust me, you’ve come to the wrong address. At lunch, on the other hand, you may find the atmosphere a bit more subdued.

Davio's KOP - Interior, BarSecondly, Davio’s has become the latest culinary darling of the expense account set. On a recent cold Tuesday evening in January, for example, when most restaurants were begging for patrons, Davio’s was packing them in – and the corporate types were more than conspicuous by their presence. At least three gatherings of twelve or more people were situated directly within our line of vision (there could have been more on the other side of the dining area), and all three were corporate related. By way of contrast, couples were conspicuous by their absence. Other than my dining partner and I, there was only one other party of two seated in our immediate vicinity.

Finally, as if you haven’t already guessed… dining at Davio’s is an expensive proposition. Outlandishly expensive…? No… but. Factor in appetizers, entrees, separately priced side dishes, desserts, several glasses of wine or a bottle from the rather pricy wine list, tip & tax for two and – without benefit of a hefty expense account (see note directly above) – you’ll end up putting a significant dent in your wallet. Our most recent evening’s sojourn, for example, set us back $250.00 and change.

The above caveats notwithstanding, Davio’s serves up some excellent cuisine; and their portion allotments, given the elevated price points, are quite generous. And the service, even in the face of the madding crowd, functions with the unerring efficiency of a Japanese railroad.

The appetizers here are pretty much what you would expect: Oven Baked Lump Crab Cake… Tuna Tartare… Shrimp Cocktail… and Oysters Rockefeller. Of infinitely more interest, however, are the creative Spring Rolls accompanied by appropriate dressings. The Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls are paired with spicy ketchup and spicy mayo, the Chicken Parm with marinara, Reuben with Thousand Island dressing, Buffalo Chicken with blue cheese… well, you get the idea.

Davio's KOP - Crispy Chicken LiversThe real sleeper among the starters, though, is the Crispy Chicken Livers (pictured). They may not look like much; but they are an incredible feast for the palate. After the membranes have been carefully trimmed away, a bath in the deep fryer leaves them irresistibly crispy yet with a moist and succulent interior. They are then tossed with roasted pine nuts in an addictive port wine balsamic glaze and crowned with deep fried spinach leaves. If you enjoy liver, as I do, this dish is a wonderful treat and simply not to be missed. Kudos!

The salads are also first-rate… The Warm Spinach Salad is an interesting combo of roasted peppers, meaty portobellos and goat cheese; while the Baby Iceberg features tomatoes, bacon, onions, croutons, and an excellent herb buttermilk dressing. But the Chopped Romaine, which abounds with beans, chickpeas, crumbled egg, onion, bacon, and splash of blue cheese, proved to be the table favorite.

Davio's KOP - Veal TenderloinAs you move on to the entrées, the kitchen really hits its stride. Of course, the usual suspects are present and accounted for – Center Cut FiletsAged NY SirloinAged RibeyeBraised Beef Short RibsNiman Ranch Pork Chop – along with a variety of complementary salse. But if you happen to be in the mood for a slightly different take on meaty matters, I highly recommend the Sautéed Veal Tenderloin (pictured). This is, without doubt, one of best veal presentations it has been my pleasure to ingest on this side of the Atlantic. The veal itself is incomparably tender, with oyster mushrooms, cipollini onions, and roasted fingerling potatoes in strong supporting roles. It is, however, a rich and savory Marsala wine sauce that truly propels this dish into orbit.

Like the aforementioned Carni, the Pesce offerings are also quite extensive… And, contrary to popular urban gastronomic legend, you need not fear ordering seafood within hallowed bovine precincts (Although, the opposite is certainly NOT true. Anyone who orders steak in a seafood restaurant is almost certainly a masochist). Several years ago, when the consumption of red meat was momentarily out of favor, steakhouses were forced to learn to prepare seafood with a reasonable amount of proficiency in order to survive.

Davio's KOP - ScallopsFortunately, for the most part, they haven’t lost the touch… Davio’s certainly hasn’t. The two seafood offerings I sampled recently were first rate efforts in every respect. The Georges Bank Sea Scallops, for example, were beautifully pan seared to a golden brown, leaving the interior beguilingly soft, rich, and tender. They were then presented swimming in a sea of sweet creamy corn with a tiara of crunchy stick potatoes adding a flavorful textural contrast to the proceedings.

Davio's KOP - Seared Atlantic Salmon… And the Atlantic Salmon is equally recommendable. Arriving at table flesh side up on a pillow of sautéed baby spinach surrounded by a pool of warm eggplant caponata, the filet’s exterior was attractively seared while the core remained enticingly moist and succulent. Salmon has become a permanent – and somewhat pedestrian – fixture on most restaurant menus. Fortunately, Davio’s has managed to inject a healthy dose of pizzazz into the commonplace.

As in most steakhouses, the Contorni, side dishes, are in a separate menu category and may be purchased at an additional charge. They are, however, quite generous and more than suitable for sharing. The Baked Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella is quite good, as are the Creamy Potatoes laced with butter and heavy cream. Other winners include David Bieber’s Crispy Onion Rings and the Truffle Fries, Gorgonzola Sauce.

Davio's KOP - Cheesecake w Choc CrustGiven the more than ample portion sizes, desserts – all homemade, by the way – may seem somewhat superfluous. But if you do decide to take the plunge, be sure to finish things off in true steakhouse style with the Chocolate Crusted Cheesecake and a potent shot of espresso.

Feel free to skip dessert… but the superlative wine list is something of a must. If you’re a lover of Italian wine be sure to check it out. Even if you decide not to purchase a bottle, it’s still a damn good read!

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Crystal Springs Resort - Wine Cellar DinnerOn May 4 – 6, Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ, will host the 2018 New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, one of the largest independent wine and food festivals in the United States.

The weekend’s events are designed to allow food and wine connoisseurs to meet and mingle with the world’s finest chefs and winemakers. This year’s 10th anniversary festival will be the largest collection of chefs and winemakers yet, featuring renowned Chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud.

Highlights of the three-day festival include…

Wine Cellar Dinner with Thomas Keller: Chef Thomas Keller and Marc Perrin of Chateau de Beaucastel will join forces for an extraordinary night of cuisine and fine wine. Chef Keller and his team will prepare a multi-course dinner that will be paired with Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame and wines from Chateau de Beaucastel, including some amazing back vintages. Desserts will be prepared by renowned Pastry Chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant, Honolulu).

Chef’s Garden Dinner: Spend the night with acclaimed Chef Michael White and one of New Jersey’s foremost culinary talents, Chef Anthony Bucco, for the opening night of the Crystal Springs Resort’s beautiful Chef’s Garden restaurant.

The Grand Tasting & VIP Grand Tasting: The Festival’s signature event, the Grand Tasting will feature 50 restaurants from NYC, New Jersey, and beyond, along with 50 winemakers from around the world. The two floor VIP lounge will showcase America’s best, including Daniel, Per Se, the resort’s four-star Restaurant Latour and many more, along with premium wines, Champagnes and spirits.

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.njwinefoodfest.com/ or by calling (855) 503-0968.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Alba - Entrance to BarFor Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Restaurant Alba, 7 West King Street, Malvern, Pennsylvania, will be serving a traditional four course prix-fixe Italian tasting menu, accepting reservations from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

Antipasto – Crostini of Duck Rillette: Apple Butter… Lobster & Shrimp Croquetta: Tarragon Aioli… Seared Ahi Tuna: Smashed Avocado… Truffle Deviled Egg

Primi (Choice of) – Lobster Bisque: Brioche Crouton, Chervil… Potato Gnocchi: San Marzano Tomato, parmesan… Meyer Lemon Risotto: Parmigiano Reggiano… Spaghetti: Mushroom Ragout, Pancetta, Parmesan… Garganelli: Pork Shank Ragu, Dried Fig, Ginger

Secondi (Choice of) – Pan Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon: Herb Crushed Potatoes, Saffron Crab Sauce… Grilled Trout Filet: Hazelnut Brown Butter, Cabbage & Apple… Surf & Turf of Braised Beef Short Rib & Sea Scallop: Celery Root, Tangerine Butter… Wood Grilled Beef Tenderloin: Foie Gras Butter, Potato Purée, Swiss Chard… Grilled Lamb Tenderloin: Whipped Ricotta, Dried Olive, Brussels Sprouts… Wild Boar Chop: Anson Mills Polenta, Dried Fruit Crumb

Dolici (Choice of) – Olive Oil Cake: Candied Citrus… Affogato: Vanilla Ice Cream, Espresso, Frangelico… Butterscotch Budino: Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt, Soft Whipped Cream… Chocolate Molten Cake: Mixed Berries… Passion Fruit Cake: Graham Cracker Crumb Crust… GelatoSorbetArtisanal Cheese & Accompaniment

The price of the Valentine’s Day Italian tasting menu is $80.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call Restaurant Alba, (610) 644-4009.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Exterior 2On Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m., for one night only, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a special dinner featuring the honest American cooking of the City of New Orleans…

First Course: “Antoine’s” Oysters Rockefeller

Second Course: “Commanders Palace” Turtle Soup

Third Course: “Central Grocery” Muffaletta Sandwich, Sesame Seed Loaf, Olive Spread

Fourth Course: “Jacques-Imos” Crawfish Etouffee, Dirty Rice, Fried Okra

Fifth Course: Willie Mae’s Scotch House Fried Chicken, Red Beans, Cornbread Muffin

Dessert: Beignets a la café du Monde with Rook “New Orleans Style,” Coffee Ice Cream

The price of the New Orleans dinner is $95.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuities). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Valentine's Day at HomeOn Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu with music by jazz Guitarist Andrew Forman from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

COCKTAILS – Blind Passion: Tito’s Vodka, Cointreau, Blood Orange, Passion Fruit… Mon Amour: Aperol, Veuve Ambal Brut, Hibiscus, Honey

FIRST COURSE – Drunken Kiss Oysters (6): Meyer Lemon Granita, Pink Champagne Pearls, Hearts of Fire… Red Lettuce Salad: Trevisano, Tardivo, Castellraco, Pignoli Praline, Orange, Hibiscus Vinaigrette, Honey Labneh Yogurt… Velvet Crab Bisque: Jumbo Lump Crab, Confetti Flowers, Spciy Vodka “Kiss”… Heart Shaped Ravioli: Goat Cheese Filling, Truffle Foam, Fresh Pea, Shaved Pink Beet Hearts

MAIN COURSE – Grilled American Red Snapper: Roasted Tri-Color Cauliflower, Baby Fennel, Crispy Capers, Blood Orange Sauce… Butter Poached Lobster: Whole Shelled Lobster, Saffron Risotto, Velvet Spinach, Glazed Thumbelina Carrot, Spicy Carrot Reduction… Grilled Whole Rack Baby Lamb: Pomegranate Jus, Grilled Asparagus, Orange, Pistachio, Toasted Cous Cous

DESSERT – Strawberry Napoleon (For Two): Chocolate Painted Hearts, Strawberry Mousse, Rose Meringue, Passion Fruit Panna Cotta, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Chocolate & Strawberry Sauce

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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NA Joe's - BarFrom February 9 – February 14, 2018, Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen & Bar, 49 St. James Place, Suburban Square, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special romantic menu…

BERRY ME IN BUBBLES – Absolut Citron Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Strawberries, Fresh Lemon, topped with Cava, $8.99

FEATURED WINES – Brut Cava: Segura Viudas, Spain, Glass $5.99/Bottle $21.99… Chardonnay: La Crema, Monterey, CA, Glass $9.99/Bottle $34.99… Pinot Noir: Erath, Willamette, OR, Glass $9.99/Bottle $34.99

STARTERS – Lobster Bisque: House-Made with Main Lobster Meat, Cream Broth, Sherry, $7.99… Heart Beet & Goat Cheese: Wine-Poached Pears, Goat Cheese, Baby Kale, Peppered Pecans, Warm maple Vinaigrette, $7.99… Crispy Kataifi Wrapped Shrimp: Fried & Crispy Shredded Kataifi, Peanut Sauce, Sweet Chili Glaze, $11.99

ENTRÉES – Surf & Turf: Filet Medallions in Garlic Butter, Lobster Tortellini in a Lobster Cream Sauce, $24.99… Crab-Stuffed Flounder: Baked Atlantic Flounder, Buttered Leeks, Cauliflower Florets, Sunchokes, Lemon Beurre Blanc, $21.99… Herb-Roasted Statler Chicken Breast: Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, Mustard Cream Sauce, Crispy Buttermilk Onion Strings, $19.99

DESSERT – Love in a Glass: Chocolate Mousse over Chocolate Cookie Crumb, Fresh Strawberries, Whipped Cream, Marshmallows, Toasted Coconut, $8.99

For more information, or to make reservations, please call Not Your Average Joe’s, (484) 708-1500.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kimberton Inn - Main Dining RoomOn Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Kimberton Inn, 2105 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, Pennsylvania, will be accepting reservations from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for their special Valentine’s Day menu.

APPETIZERS (Choice of) – Shrimp Cocktail: House-Made Cocktail Sauce… Coconut Shrimp: Pineapple-Mango Salad, Spiced Rum Syrup, Orange Horseradish Mustard… Smoked New York Salmon: Baby Arugula, Pickled Red Onions, Capers, Focaccia Croutes… Lobster Bisque: Cream Sherry… Stony Hill Farms Duck Spring Rolls: Plum-Hoisin Dipping Sauce

SALADS (Choice of) – Kimberton House Salad: Dijon Vinaigrette, Maple-Honey Mustard, Herb Buttermilk or Balsamic Vinaigrette; Blue Cheese Crumbles Upon Request… Caesar Salad: Baby Red & Green Romaine Lettuce, Brioche Croutons, Reggiano Parmesan… “Probably the Best Salad You Will Ever Have”: Red Leaf Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Sweet Sesame-Walnut Dressing, Tart Apples, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Aged Gouda Cheese

ENTRÉES (Choice of) – Naturally Raised Hazelnut Crusted Chicken Breast: White Wine, Cream & Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes ($75.00)…. One Half Pound Maryland Crab Cake: Haricots Verts, Herb Remoulade ($75.00)… Eight Ounce Center Cut Filet Mignon: Red Wine Demi-Glace, Caramelized Onions, Creamed Red Skin Potatoes, Haricots Verts ($85.00)… Local Chevre Penne Alfredo: Roasted Cauliflower, Caramelized Onions, Baby Kale ($55.00)… Bourbon-Molasses Glazed Organic King Salmon Filet: Vegetable Slaw ($75.00)… Sautéed Sea Scallops & Jumbo Shrimp: Roasted Winter Vegetables, Mango-Curry Cream

VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERTS (Choice of) – Pecan Pie: Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream… Warm Apple Crisp: Vanilla Ice Cream… Hot Fudge Sundae: Homemade Hot Fudge, Toasted Peanuts, Whipped Cream… Homemade Belgian Chocolate Ice CreamVanilla Ice CreamBlack Raspberry Ice Cream… or Raspberry SorbetNew York Style Cheesecake: Lemon Curd, Berry Compote

Prices, which are noted with the entrées, include appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call the Kimberton Inn at (610) 933-8148.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Valentine's Day w WineOn Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Silverspoon, 503 West Lancaster Avenue, East Village Shops, Wayne, Pennsylvania, will be serving a special five-course Valentine’s Day menu…

Amuse: Carrot Hummus, Crispy Chickpeas, Pita Crumble

First Course: Hibiscus-Cured Tuna, Dill Oil, Beets, Bottarga (salted, cured fish roe)

Second Course: Baby Arugula Salad, Duck Confit, Pomegranate, Sweet & Sour Vinaigrette

Third Course: Wild Mushroom Tart, Rosemary/Black Pepper Whipped Goat Cheese, Truffle

Fourth Course: Filet Mignon for Two, Classic Potato Gratin, Bone Marrow Creamed Kale, Sauce Bordelaise

Dessert Course: Buttermilk Cake, Caramelized White Chocolate, Sesame Brittle

The cost of the Valentine’s Day dinner menu is $75.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). Please note that the regular à la carte menu WILL NOT be available.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (610) 688-7646. Reservations may also be made through OpenTable.com.

The Silverspoon is a BYOB restaurant.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Pluckemin Inn - InteriorOn Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster, New Jersey, will be serving a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu, accepting reservations from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

FIRST COURSE (Choice of) – Smoked Salmon Confit: Roasted Beets, Watercress, Pickled Mustard… Baby Beet Salad: Goat Cheese, Truffle, Apple, Limoncello, Hazelnut… Leeks Salad: Little Neck Clam, Cured Egg, Sherry, Frisée, Fingerling Chips… Peekytoe Crab Salad: Grapefruit, Celery Root, Lime, Basil

SECOND COURSE (Choice of) – Parsnip Soup: Poached Shrimp, Baby Carrot, Ginger, Kaffir Lime… Rigatoni: Lamb Ragu, Broccoli Rabe, Fennel, Piment d’Espelette… Acquerello Risotto: Lobster, Baby Turnips, Perigord Truffle… Sea Scallops: Endive, Bacon Vinaigrette, Smoked Lentils

THIRD COURSE (Choice of) – Chatham Cod: Heirloom Beans, Pork Belly, Mussels, Epazote, Annatto… Scottish Salmon: Kabocha Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Chorizo, Marcona Almond… Griggstown Chicken: Pommes Purée, Cipollini Onion, Swiss Chard… Hanger Steak: Fingerling Potato, Broccoli, Shishito Peppers, Bordelaise

DESSERTS (Choice of) –Valrhona Orely’s Blond Chocolate: Raspberry Mousse, Hazelnut Sponge, Muscavado Ice Cream… Spiced Crème Brûlée: Compressed Pineapple, Coconut Meringue, Honey Ginger Ice Cream… Banana Cake: Chocolate Ganache, Passion Fruit Compote, Pecan Praline Ice Cream… Cinnamon & Panko Crusted Apple Strudel: Caramel, Honey, Cinnamon Ice Cream

The price of the special four-course Valentine’s Day menu is $85.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 658-9292.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Valentine's Day w WineOn Wednesday, February 14, 2008, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will be offering diners a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu…

AMUSE – Sunchoke Bisque: Hazelnut Oil

FIRST COURSE (Choice of) – Tuna Poke: Crispy Lotus Root, Yuzu Ginger Vinaigrette… Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras: Sticky Toffee Pudding, Candied Pecans… Spaccatelli Pasta: Braised Oxtail Ragout, Pico Melero Cheese… Baby Field Greens: Caramelized Hazelnuts, Beaufort Cheese… Day Boat Sea Scallop: Braised Escarole, White Bean, Bacon… Pickled Heirloom Beets: Baby Kale, Goat Cheese Purée, Red Wine Sour Cherries

SECOND COURSE (Choice of) – Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster: Shellfish Bouillabaisse Risotto, Saffron Aioli… Pan Roasted Filet Mignon: Chinese Broccoli Purée, Soy Ginger Dressing, Crispy Kennebec Potatoes… Vadouvan Spiced Monkfish: Carrot Ginger Purée, Lime Yogurt, Roasted Cashews… Wood Grilled Florida Gulf Shrimp: Thai Red Curry, Pickled Cherry Peppers, Crispy Yucca Chips… Bourbon Braised Suckling Pig: Parisienne Apples, Toasted Pecans, Maple JusRoasted Colorado Lamb Loin: Chickpea Hummus, Piquillo Pepper Purée

DESSERT – Sweethearts Dessert Tasting

The three-course Valentine’s Day menu is priced at $135.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). Each couple will also receive a complimentary petite box of chocolate and the restaurant’s freshly made banana bread.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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