Love that old school home cooked Italian taste? Well, brothers Antonio & Giuliano Presta are bringing their grandmother’s dishes to their new restaurant Adelina’s. Located at 8235 Germantown Ave. Adelina’s will be serving-up old school Italian dishes inspired by nonna Presta.
“Adelinas was my grandmother’s name (Antonio & Giuliano Presta), she was the matriarch of a very large family. We named this restaurant after her because she was the glue to a large family. She lived in a small town in Calabria Italy (Longobardi is the town), her grandkids would crowd her small kitchen every summer when they visited from parts of Italy & the U.S. Eating everything she cooked right off the stove, the food would actually never make it to the table,” Antonio states.
Having had restaurants throughout Philly including Trios Tomato Pie as well as Craft in Manayunk, the Presta brothers now look to expand their culinary tradition to Chestnut Hill. “We love the Historic small town feel, Ron (the owner of the Chestnut Hill Hotel) was a big part of getting into this space,” Antonio adds.
So what can guests expect? Well, Antonio describes the space as “A Polished Italian restaurant, rich green velvet banquets and preserved live moss walls. Dark & Moody, approachable food menu. Our dinner menu has traditional roots, modern cooking techniques. We say “low & slow “mostly because everything on the menu is prepared with love and takes time to get ready for our guests. Handcrafted cocktails & a growing wine list. We plan to have 150 labels in the future.”
Menu items will include eggplant fritters Gigli Toscani, slow braised rabbit ragu handmade Nduja Tortellini in Brodo (the Brodo is a 12 hour cooking process) as well as wet & dry aged 46oz Porterhouse steaks with black truffle compound butter.
Adelina’s seats a total of 84 indoors and in March it will expand to accommodate up to 30 guests outdoors. Starting in May Adelina’s will also begin to book for private events for 50.