Situated in South Philly on Wolf st, Barrel's Italian restaurant is a quaint little joint that deserves to be noted. I caught wind of the Barrels from one of my mums co-workers, and although Italian food is not my favorite we decided to give it a try (Also my girlfriend is all about Italian food, Bertuccis etc).
Barrels is small-really small. It feels like you are in someone's dinning room. N.B if you'd like to be seated like any normal person use the side door. Walking in we were greeted by some super friendly Italianos who were celebrating a birthday and we were given free cake which we saved for the road. Immediately I got a good vibe about this place.
The menu had everything any hungry Italian would want- spaghet to fancy entrees, most of which were around 12 bucks. I decided to stray from my safety choice when I go for Italian- Chick Parm and went for the Chicken Barrels. It had "Barrels" in the name so it had to be bangin'. My girlfriend ordered Rigatoni with Marinara sauce and we got garlic bread and some salad to start.
Salad was bland and boring and the Garlic bread wasn't anything special but I still had high hopes. Finally after a tolerable wait we received our entrees. My hypothesis about the Chicken Barrels was correct- they were titillating. Chicken covered in prosciutto and then topped with melted mozzarella swimming in a rich brown sauce, with portobello shrooms scattered on top. Popped like 12 food boners. The portions were large and we both had leftovers (the rigatoni was great after work and cooked perfectly although the sauce was quite sweet). The service was fine and it was nice to have conversation going on between tables.
30 bucks later and after I had taken a gorgeous cake to the face I realized I was extremely happy with Barrels. It is so small and truly a neighborhood restaurant. Definitely a solid place to know about and different from any other Italian joint I've ever been to.
Tell all your friends and drive safe.
Barrels Fine Food
1725 Wolf St.
Philadelphia PA 19145
11-9pm Monday- Thursday
11-10pm Friday and Saturday
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