New Italian restaurant Modo Mio recently opened on Girard Avenue in the former Taste space. That neighborhood, from East 7th Street down to Frankford Avenue, has been turning into a dining destination over the past year (cue Tiffin Store, El Wingador To Go, Taco Riendo, Johnny Brenda’s).
What interests us is Modo Mio’s ambitious approach to Italian regional cuisine. Sicilian specialties (the fried chickpea fritters known as panelle) share menu space with a Northern Italian take with cotechino and Italian-American style mozzarella en carozza. Chef Peter McAndrews, formerly of Porcini and Rembrandt’s, seems to be doing a good job. Users on Phillyblog got a kick out of the carpaccio and duck dishes, while on Fishtown.US the big deal is the tasting menus & pasta dishes.
A word of warning though: Modo Mio is cash-only at this time.
[Photo of Girard Avenue trolley via CSX 4758 @ flickr]