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Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner Review

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A couple weeks back I was invited to a restaurant relaunch. Avero Craft Pizzeria was changing to Avero Bar Italiano. It seems the Pizzeria in their name was giving the community an impression of just that, a pizzeria when in fact they are so much more than that.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

The night started with a variety of wines, beers and a specialty cocktail, Pineapple Blueberry Limoncello Martini.  This alone was delicious and I would’ve loved to have more than one but I was the driver.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

Appetizers were available too. I’m not a prosciutto fan, I find it too salty but when it’s wrapped around Buffalo Mozzarella with a drizzle of Basil Oil I can eat it all day. In fact I had about 4.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

The meal continued with 4 other courses each explained by Executive Chef, Chris DeFeo. Chef DeFeo is  a Philly Native with years of experience at Striped Bass, Nectar, Bar Savona and other well known establishments in the area.  His understanding of local, in season and high quality ingredients only made the menu at Avero Bar Italiano stand out instead of blend in with the influx of surrounding casual restaurants.

I am not brave when it comes to trying new food, I’m a creature of habit and have been known to repeatedly order the same item while out because I know it is something I already know I’ll enjoy. I was given a preview of our tasting menu and was completely dreading the first course, Charred Baby Octopus. The thought of chewy tentacles with suction cups turned me off. Even at the restuarant I was stressing out with another blogger about the upcoming meal. I didn’t want to insult the restaurant, chef or host. The meal came out and it was beautiful and it smelled wonderful. My best friend dug right in and commented on how her 8 year old son would love it.  Was she shaming me?  Daring me?

I took a bite and was surprised. I enjoyed it. Did I enjoy it enough to order again? I’m not sure but it was good and I’d recommend to anyone that enjoys seafood and fish. I was proud of myself. Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

I think the main reason I went that night was the Berkshire Pork Belly with Wild Mushroom Fricasse.  It was heaven, best thing I’ve eaten in a long time.  Tender but not soft, meaty but not heavy. I ate mine and the rest of my friends.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

Avero Bar Italiano has gone to great lengths to achieve a specific atmosphere. While this is fine dining the experience isn’t snobbish. The interior feels comfy and warm and the staff are welcoming and informative. Having a sommelier and beer expert on hand is incredibly valuable for people like me who know what I like but don’t know what to order.

Avero Bar Italiano is not what I would call family friendly. With such a strong attention put on the food & wine pairings it isn’t a place I’d bring children under 12 years old unless they had phenomenal palates and were willing to try new foods no questions asked. Their pasta and pizza are fantastic but prepared and priced for a more adult experience.  This is a date night or girls or guys night out spot for sure. Relax, order a cocktail or craft beer and soak in the ambiance without the hassle of bibs, cheerios or kid’s menus (which are available).

Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

Avero Bar Italiano
821 W Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087

come photos are courtesy via Stephanie Glover Photography

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  1. The food looks AH-MAZING! I don’t know when I’ll be in that area, but if I find myself over that way, I know where I am going to eat!

  2. YUM! Everything looks and sounds delicious…wish I was closer to Wayne!

  3. We LOVE Italian food! The atmosphere of this restaurant looks very relaxing too.

  4. The food looks yummy! I am a fan of Italian food too!

  5. Looks great – always looking for adult restaurants for nights out!

  6. Rachael says:

    It looks like that have a great menu. That martini looks tasty for sure. I love Italian food.

  7. Looks great! I wish I was closer to the Wayne area.

  8. Looks yum and very modern. Sounds like you enjoyed it. I hope it was as wonderful tasting as it looks! 🙂

  9. Wow, that all looks AMAZING! I wish I lived closer, so i could enjoy these goodies too!

  10. Yum! These dishes look fantastic and the ambiance is simply lovely. I wish we lived closer so we could try it out.

  11. I pass this restaurant all the time and have never been…. it looks amazing! Will have to try it!! Thanks for the review… awesome pictures too 🙂

  12. Oooh! I know where this is! I think I am going to have to try this place for a date night! I may have to skip the octopus though.

  13. Jessica @EatSleepBe says:

    I keep hearing about that place. Sounds like I need to book a sitter and make a reservation!

  14. Their menu sounds delicious! I’d like one of those martinis right now!

  15. Looks fabulous definitely a restaurant I would enjoy. Great review!

  16. I want one of those martinis. Wonder if they could teach me how to make them? 🙂

  17. Did you say pork belly? Oh my gosh that sounds good and looks good. What a dinner!

  18. That drink looks so good and THE FOOD. I don’t even know where to begin with that… It all looks soooo tasty!

  19. Food looks very tasty! I also like the decor of the restaurant – nice comfortable feel.

  20. Jenni E. says:

    I’m not brave either when it comes to trying new foods. All of these look so good though!! We rarely get an opportunity to go to nicer restaurants. It’s usually a quick trip through a drive through, but on occasion we do make it out to a nice place. Avero Bar Italiano looks fantastic!

  21. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Oh this place looks so yummy! I love good food and a nice atmosphere.

  22. This menu looks fabulous! The cocktail seems best. <3

  23. Ugh, my mouth is watering. That food looks delicious!

  24. Wow! That looks really delicious!! I’m thinking I need to rethink our dinner tonight!

  25. This looks so nice! You live so close to me, but you’re always doing things in PA. I guess I should head there more often.

  26. Eliz Frank says:

    The food looks so inviting and tasty… I love dining out especially as you don’t have to do dishes… Haha

  27. This sounds and looks so amazing…the food I wish I could eat through my screen right now!!!

  28. Everything looks amazing! Especially the pork and Wild Mushroom Fricasse.

  29. I’ve never heard of this place! The food sure does look good though!

  30. Italian is one of my favorites! Looks like a fantastic restaurant!

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