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Le Castagne

1920 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-751-9913websitePrice: Moderately Expensive
Area: Philadelphia, PA

La Castagne's exposed brick walls, sheer white curtains, industrial style terra cotta pillars and shiny blond marble floors create an urban, sleek and contemporary ambiance. Black leather chairs and white table cloths add an upscale vibe. The wide open space without much "material" means it can get noisy. In keeping with the modern setting, the menu is more noveau in style. Expect Northern Italian cuisine with simpler preparations. The menu offers quite a bit for light eaters but if seafood is your thing, Le Castagne is light on seafood entrées.

Light eaters can choose from four or five creative salads. The rustica includes grilled eggplant, tomato, pepper and mesculin greens. There is a baby spinach with goat cheese, and an unusual creation of lentils and sundried tomato as well as a grilled chicken option (so surely grilled chicken can be added to the more interesting offerings). Over a half dozen pastas including a light seafood selection, gnocchi with tomato and fresh basil and several heartier options are also available. The lunch entrée selection is fairly small and amounts to a daily fish, breast of chicken and veal scaloppini. At dinner the antipasti and salad selection will satisfy light eaters. The pasta dishes are more interesting and hearty. The entrées selection remains fairly small, but there are more for carnivores to savor: pork chops, filet mignon, veal, and chicken. There are typically two fish specials. Veggies and starch are offered a la carte.

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Open for lunch M-F starting at noon; Dinner M-Sat; Closed Sundays

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