Date nights have become something very special with us. We actually have sat down and started talking and budgeting how often we can have time alone and in the last 2 months it has worked out so well. It has also given us a really great opportunity to try delicious new eateries around our area and even a little ways from where we live. We recently were able to try the NEW menu prepared by the NEW executive chef at Avero Bar Italiano.
This restaurant is located on the Main Line in Wayne and even though it started a few months ago as pizzeria, a whole new face lift has been given to the eatery. While the menu still offers amazing pizzas, the focus has been shifted offering artisan Italian dishes with the new chef’s personal twist. We found out that Chef Christopher Defeo spent time in Italy learning all about their dishes. His desire for the restaurant is to serve dishes using in-season ingredients and it was very prevalent in every dish we received. Come and see what we were served.
I almost asked my hubby if we could sit in the bar area because I like seeing drinks being prepared. It was quite inviting but so was the rest of the restaurant. There were two large plasma televisions in the place which made it seem more like a bar scene but I believe it was more to give a relaxed setting. As we continued people come in, a mix of parties came to dine from families to couples then to large parties.
Our last dish was called the Bistecca which consisted of black angus flat-iron steak served with cherry tomato and arugula salad, fingerling potatoes and cipollini agradolce. The presentation was art that it made it hard to mess it up. The beet julienned on top made a great addition. I ordered my steak medium which I usually do not do because I cannot stand looking at red meat but took my hubby’s advice and it was the most tender and flavorful meat I have tasted in a while.
All these dishes I shared would be paired with the great selection of wines Avero has to offer. I left the best for last because it was the best way to end.
We had a Panettone Bread Pudding with a rum sauce, golden raisins, and blood orange dust. The gelato was a perfect pairing. We know bread pudding real well in our home so we were happy and excited to try an Italian version. It was so moist and warm served with the sauce. It was an ideal portion and would be paired with an espresso.
Go and try Avero and try other seasonal dishes introduced by the new chef. He definitely has inspired me to take more pride in savoring dishes and presenting them with unique ingredients. After all, I do have Italian blood. His dishes will have you coming back with your friends, date and private parties.