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    November 17, 2014
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Ghibellina is an Italian Gastro Pub brought to you by the owner of Acqua al 2, Ari Gejdenson, and his Mindful Restaurants team. The inspiration behind this project was drawn from his days living in Florence. On a daily basis, he would eat lunch at his favorite Trattoria, Fiaschetteria Trattoria Mario, and fell in love with the idea of creating a comfortable place where diners feel at home every time they walk through the door. The name is derived from the street, Via Ghibellina, where he and Ralph Lee, childhood friend and partner in Ghibellina, shared an apartment. The two made the walk from one end of the via to Ari’s American Diner on a daily basis to serve American food to students and locals alike. Executive Chef, Jonathan Copeland, has teamed up with this duo and has matched their passion and dedication to executing an authentic Tuscan menu in the heart of the 14th street Corridor.
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A Very Good Night at Ghibellina
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Dined on 11/15/2014
Dined on 11/15/2014
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"We were a bit put off when we entered Ghibellina and ran smack into its crowded, noisy bar scene. When we were seated in a small alcove just off the bar,we wondered if our dining experience would suffer. Well, we needn't have worried. The noise from the bar was muffled, and we were able to carry on a conversation without much of a strain. Our friendly waiter went through the menu, pointed out his favorites (this didn't appear to be a marketing ploy, as he clearly knew the dishes and explained why he liked them) and suggested a quick appetizer for the table to get the evening started. Great Manhattans followed and the prosciutto and salami starter was great. Our entrees - the Ghibellina salad, tagliatelle, gnocchi and chicken roasted under a brick were all outstanding. So were the wines by the glass at very reasonable prices. We had a terrific evening and will certainly be back.
Dress at Ghibellina is very casual - jeans were the universal uniform. Wearing a sportcoat and tie I was clearly overdressed, but it didn't seem to bother the other customers."
Dined on 11/15/2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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