Cry Baby’s wine list has quickly made the place a neighborhood favorite in the crowded food landscape of Philadelphia’s Queen Village. Paul Rodriguez, one of the restaurant’s principals, mixes Italian classics (Castell’in Villa Chianti and Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba) with lesser-known gems (Tenuta de Angelis Offida Pecorino, for example), including quite a few low-intervention wines (marked “natural” on the list.) He keeps prices reasonable—most bottles fall between $40 and $60, with none over $90. That makes it all the more fun to mix and match them with the Italian-inspired food from chefs David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves. Start with a sparkling dry malvasia, perhaps, for a grilled-sardine bruschetta, or Cà de Noci’s pét-nat lambrusco for meatballs with smoked ricotta. And don’t miss the house-made pastas, but leave room for the porchetta, a terrific excuse for that Oddero Barolo.
627 S 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This story appears in the print issue of October 2019.
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