It was a bitterly cold and dreary day and I had just gotten out of a boring class a bit early. A friend and I were hungry after a long miserable day. So we took a chance on Zavino. It was exactly what we both needed. There is an Italian saying that reads “la mani fredi, e cuore caldo” it mean “cold hands but a warm heart, that’s how I felt about my dining experience at Zavino. I have studied all things Italian from 6 years and lived in Italy for a total of 5 months. So, I am pretty well versed in Italian culture and cuisine. Many restaurants in the US that are “Italian Restaurants” aren’t authentic, however I was pleasantly surprised with Zavino’s authenticity.
A Taste of Italy at Drexel
When you walk in at Zavino you are greeted by a smiling host and warm and inviting decor. Upon being seated you get what seems to be a highly trained and knowledgeable waiter, the same kind as in Italy, who you can ask advise on the wine and beer list and get accurate advice. With quick service we got our drinks and placed our order in no time.
We ordered for the table and split everything. We ordered the Ricotta and rosemary flatbread, the marinated olives, a Pulpitini pizza, and the beet salad. To drink I had a happy hour special beer, Butternuts Pork Slap Pale Ale, It was tasty. The party started once the food came. All was in great portion sizes, staying true to the Italian culture. The standouts of the meal were easily the Ricotta with Rosemary Flatbread and the Beet Salad. They were just delicious. The Ricotta was the perfect texture and the flatbread was perfectly seasoned. The Beet Salad served with kale, goat cheese and candied pecans in a port deduction was tangy and sweet. These two hit home. The Pulpitini pizza was pretty good, but it came out a bit cold and they seemed to be a bit reserved when it came to the ricotta stuffed meatballs, mozzarella cheese, crushed tomato, basil, and provolone that went on top. As for the olives, they were the most disappointing. They were just ehhh. They were a mixture of black beldi, cerignola, nicoise, castelvetrano, and picholine olives. They added nothing to our meal and both agreed we would not order those again.
All in all. It was a great dining experience and great for a small night out in college. They offer a great happy hour special of appetizers and drinks, it’s about half price. I will definitely be going back when I have the chance again.