Italians are just the friendliest people, which is why -- for a limited time only!! -- you can get a never-ending pasta bowl to go with all the free breadsticks and salad you could ever want. Extending proper hospitality with brick-oven pizzas, rather than commercials featuring super-enthusiastic fine diners: Serafina
Having courted Manhattanites in its cozy confines for 16yrs, Serafina's just now coming to Rittenhouse with two floors of dining, the first dominated by a basket-wrapped pizza oven and a sturdy wood bar, and the second hosting another bar and private dining, with both floors surrounded by distressed plaster walls that're fresco-decked, but not Fresca-decked, as refreshing citrus sodas don't generally physically attack people..or do they??? Getting things started are marinated tuna and salmon Tartare Di Sofia, Bufaline Con Pomodori (imported Italian buffalo mozzarella with tomato), avocado/ baby shrimp San Pietro, and Carpaccio Di Tonno "Il Sashimi", which's thin-sliced tuna billed as "New from Milano", and assuredly has better taste than her line of NFL lady t-shirts would lead you to believe. The impressive list of mains include crispy, cherry wood-fired pizzas like the potato/ creme fraiche/ caviar Al Caviale and the Tartufo Nero with truffle cheese, truffle oil, and black truffle slices, seafood including a grilled hunk of swordfish with tomato relish and pine nuts, and al dente pasta including the Ravioli Alla Salvia with spinach, ricotta, and that Hannah Montana chick laughing really weirdly for about four minutes
Outdoor dining's available under big yellow umbrellas, and the in-the-works cocktail menu will accompany a bunch of wines like the Italy-sourced Tiefenbrunner Muller Thurgau white and a red Bolgheri Ornellaia, billed as having a "full body", which's what you always end up with after all that pasta and breadsticks.