Just outside Philadelphia, Savona occupies a historic 1765 home that once served as headquarters for Revolutionary War officer and early American politician Aaron Burr. But inside, the restaurant is completely contemporary. Chef Andrew Masciangelo’s menu draws influence from various international cuisines but primarily focuses on Italian items. The kitchen creates everything from scratch, from the handmade pastas to the wood-fired breads to the fish butchered in-house. The wine program has history, too, earning its first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 1996 before being promoted to Best of Award of Excellence in 1998, a title it’s maintained since. Sommelier Natalie Van Note oversees the 750 picks, which excel in California, France (especially Burgundy and Bordeaux) and Italy. There’s an extensive selection of wines under $100 and even more under $200, but you’ll also find options aimed at big spenders. Among the heavy-hitting highlights are numerous bottlings from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and a vertical of Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo Riserva going back to the early 1980s. Savona frequently hosts wine tastings and paired dinners, with past featured producers including Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Chateau Musar and Antica Terra.
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