Even as we were knocking back the final rounds of Beer Week, we were polling other imbibers on where we might reacquaint ourselves with the green things. The suggestions came in, and like an old acquaintance you haven’t thought of in years, we began to remember salads.
Oddly, a couple of our lettuce-based favorites come from restaurants better known for their pizza. Pietro’s (1714 Walnut St.) insalata Mediterraneo mixes greens, sweet onions, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and shrimp for a feast in a bowl. Avoid overdoing it with the wonderful fresh bread to keep this meal better than pizza and beer.
SliCE (1740 Sansom St.) is rightfully known for their pizza, but their menu’s two pages of salads create a conundrum of choices. We found bliss in their crispy apple salad, which features a cornucopia of green apples, cranberries, candied walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.
At the Continental Midtown (1801 Chestnut St.), the vegetarian Continental salad of chopped greens, feta, cucumber, tomatoes and red onion comes recommended. We, however, went with the crispy calamari salad — and weren’t disappointed with said crispy calamari.
– Arthur Etchells is a local food blogger. Read more at www.foobooz.com.
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