5 West Chester Restaurants I’m Dying to Try

I’ve recently learned, mostly through Nextdoor posts, that I have missed out on what sounded like some seriously good restaurants. From Mrs. Mikes to Laguna Miramare, a Northern Italian restaurant which had very good reviews on Trip Advisor, I’m not going to make that mistake again.  

So, I’ve started making note of new local restaurants that I want to try.

New West Chester Restaurants

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Love a good BYOB. Photo from Yelp.

Ciao

So we missed out on Laguna Miramare, but I am determined not to miss this one. Ciao is an authentic-Italian BYOB under the personal leadership of Italy-native Chef Sandro Frusone. (Most of) the reviews sound promising like this one from Open Table user Linda:

“I usually don’t write reviews, but this was probably the first time in my life I walked into a restaurant and was blown away with how good the food that was cooking smelled.” 

There were several negative comments thrown in, especially early on, mostly about poor service. Since it’s still early I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Ciao is located at the corner of 926 and 202 – a short drive from the borough with plenty of parking.

La Forno

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Could this be our new go-to pizza place?

With most things I’m not too particular, but when it comes to pizza and coffee, I can be a bit of a snob. As such I have been on a years-long quest to find a local pizza place I can really get behind. Now I don’t know if La Forno pizza on West Nields will be that place, but I am willing to give it a try.  

Taco Mar

One would think it would be easy to find a good, authentic Mexican place. Turns out it is surprisingly hard but I have high hopes for this one. Originally opened in 2017, Taco Mar started on High Street then closed briefly as it searched for a new location. Now it has reopened on Gay Street. They were recently featured on the Mainline Today blog in a roundup of new restaurants to try.

Andiario

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Andiario’s open kitchen allows patrons an inside look at meal preparations. Image from the Andiario website.

This is one’s probably not a surprise with all the buzz (this, this and most recently, this). I have, however, heard some mixed real people reviews. Plus, I’m not a big fan of mushrooms or game which tends to shortlist my options at a restaurant that sources locally, like Andiario does. Still, to have a near-James Beard award winning restaurant practically in the backyard, how could you not be curious?  

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I’ll take one with an IPA, please. Photo from Sterling Pig Brewery Instagram.

Sterling Pig Brewery

We walked by the other night and the place just looked fun. Since then I’ve been looking for a reason (actually, more like a babysitter and an opportunity) to check it out. Reviews look good and I am a sucker for some good barbecue and we are moving solidly into beer drinking weather.

So, who knows a good babysitter?  

Ok, thoughts? Where should I add?

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