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TERESA’S CAFE

Posted in Teresa's Cafe (2nd review) with tags , , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by ballymote

It’s hard to believe that it had been over three years since the three of us had been together at Teresa’s in Wayne, PA for one of our frequent wine dinners. It’s a place we have frequented quite often and was one of the very first reviews I ever did on this blog. How time flies. Anyway, it was nice to return and we were given what we almost think of as “our seats” right by the front window. The food and service are always good at this Main Line eatery and tonight was no exception.

You would have thought that as many times as we had dined together that Gerry, John and I would have used up every conceivable insult known to man but, not surprisingly, all came prepared with a host of new derogatory comments which leave no room for tender feelings. You can interpret that last sentence as meaning we totally enjoyed each others company.

 As usual we had some very nice wines with us, all of which did their duty in enhancing our dining experience. Gerry brought a 2008 Apex, Columbia Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a Washington State wine from the that I used to see often at Total Wines in Cherry Hill but I’m quite sure he purchased it at a PA State Store. It had a nice nose of red berries and chocolate and was well-balanced on the palate. John had a 2007 Padeletti, Brunello di Montalcino which was another of his purchases from Wines Till Sold Out (WTSO). I’m not sure I would have trusted this site for a Brunello purchase but this one did not disappoint. It had a beautiful nose with lots of typical bright cherry flavors in the mouth. Deep, dark and intense it was a nice companion to our food and proof that the 97 Brunello vintage was one of the best in Italy. My wine for the night was a 2009, Black Kite, Anderson Valley, Stoney Terrace Vineyard, Pinot Noir. This is a strong, intense Pinot with lots of plum and raspberry notes, very smooth in the mouth with a soft, lingering finish. Everyone commented on this one. It’s tough to pick a winner from this group. They were all nice wines.

Each of us started our meal with an appetizer of one sort or another. John had the Margherita Pizza, I had the meatballs and Gerry had a bowl of soup. All of them were excellent as usual.

 John selected the Four Cheese ravioli as his main course and had them add some spicy sausage to the dish. It was excellently prepared, full of great flavor and the meat helped him experience one more food group on his plate.

  

 It’s hard to get Gerry to choose anything at Teresa’s that isn’t the Penne Al Forno so we have given up trying. We also don’t blame him as I consider it a truly wonderful dish which I have had more than a few times. Baked penne, hot sausage, marinara, ricotta and mozzarella all married in one spicy dish. There was nothing about his meal that will having him changing his entree on his next visit.

              I ordered the Chicken Rosemarino, roasted chicken breast, a risotto cake, haricut verts and sun-dried tomatoes. Nicely done chicken breast with fresh green beans in a tasty sauce. No complaints about this one.

  We did have just the tiniest room for dessert and John finished off his dinner with a scoop of ice cream small enough to be described as minute. My Tiramisu was a healthy portion and it was an excellent representation of the popular meal ender.

 Teresa’s Cafe has been a Main Line institution for some time and their consistency of food and service has made them a great choice for dinner, any day of the week.

TERESA’S – BYOB

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Philly BYOB Reviews, Teresa's Restaurant, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by ballymote

It had been awhile since I had gotten together with my wine-loving friends, Gerry and John for our Thursday night dinners at Teresa’s, one of our favorite wine-friendly BYOB’s located on Philly’s Main Line in the charming town of Wayne, PA. IMG_2441

We have been there so often that we don’t really need to see a menu and the waiters immediately provide multiple wine glasses for each of us. The way this outing usually works is that we spend the days prior to the dinner insulting each other about what cheesy wines the other will probably bring. The deal is that we are each supposed to bring two bottles from our “premium” collection. The first few visits we actually finished all the wine we brought with us but after I somehow ended up in the Jersey Pine Barrons on a less than memorable trip home we have cut back somewhat and usually have the good part of our second bottle to take back home with us. For instance, last night’s line up included a 97 Kendall-Jackson “Stature” which is one of my favorite cabs; a 98 Heitz Cellars “Bella’s Vineyard” Cabernet; a 2006 Ramey “Larkmead Vineyard” Cabernet; a 2000 Freemark Abbey “Bosche” Cab; a 99 Chappallet Cabernet; and a 2004 Capa Blanco Cab from Paso Robles. The Chappallet and the Freemark Abbey did not get opened and are again resting comfortably in their familiar surroundings. Everything we did open was excellent with perhaps the Heitz Cab edging out the K-J Stature for “wine of the night”.IMG_2442

The food was excellent as it always is but I think I may have made a less than stellar selection of 

Penne Arrabbiata

Crushed Plum Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Garlic, Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil   14.Add to your pasta Chicken for 3

The jalapenos simply overpowered my wines and although the taste was intriguing I found it necessary to keep my water glass within easy reach. It just wasn’t the right choice for a night of good wines. Other than the burning sensation on my tongue the evening was most enjoyable as the three of us are never at a loss for words.

Teresa’s is an excellent BYOB and for those of you who prefer beer as your beverage of choice Teresa’s has another location with a massive selection of beers from all over the world. This second location is very close to the first and is aptly named Teresa’s Next Door.  If they ever let us bring our own wine there I will be able to report on the food there. Until then we will stay at our window table at Teresa’s Not Next Door.

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