Saturday, July 18, 2009

Downtown Easton

I've been spending more time in Easton lately, and I like it. :)

On Friday, I walked from a meeting in Centre Square over to Sette Luna (219 Ferry St, Easton) for a quick lunch. It's hard to describe a place that really "gets" it. From the attention to preserving and enhancing the building's architectural charms, to hiring and training knowledgeable servers and bartenders, to creating a menu that satisfies expectations for Italian food (and also honors the other 19 regions of Italy that most "Italian" restaurants forget), and finally, stocking a fabulous variety of wines. It's one of the few places we consistently choose when we have friends visiting from out of town.

Sigh. Thinking about Sette Luna makes me a little romantic.

A few years ago, we hosted a surprise birthday dinner in their private wine cellar. It seats up to 12 people and there's a $500 minimum - not hard to reach if everyone's drinking wine. I wish the web site was up and running so I could show you pictures of this beautiful room, but it's not. So for now, you'll either need to go there and check it out for yourself or wonder!

On Friday, my friend and I both ordered "the special," which to my knowledge is always 1/2 a pizza with a side salad for 8 bucks. The toppings vary daily, and you have a choice of Caesar or house salad. SL's brick oven cooks up a crust that's crunchy, soft, sweet and salty all at once. Yum. The menu's the same all day long, so if you're hungrier, entrees like osso bucco, pastas and big salads are all available as well.

The restaurant is located two blocks off Fourth Street, next to the post office in downtown Easton. We walked right by the newest venture by Mike Pichetto and Dominic Albanese, soon to be a seafood restaurant with apartments above (pictured below, on the corner of Fourth and Ferry);
and also the former King's drycleaner next to Ocean (below).
Both buildings are currently under major reconstruction. The guy who's heading up the project at King's gave us a tour of all three floors. The owner is an artist that specializes in metal work, who travels back and forth from his apartment in Brooklyn, studio in Chinatown, and his future studio/restaurant project in Easton. Ferry Street is becoming quite the little dining destination!

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