My parents were visiting from Indiana, so I took them (and Senor Lanky) to Victor Cafe in South Philadelphia. Known as a “musical rendezvous” spot since it opened in 1933, the entire waitstaff at Victor are opera students who break into song, while the restaurant guests listen. It’s definitely an experience out of the ordinary!
Senor Lanky and I split the Victor salad – field greens, tomato wedges, boiled egg and gorgonzola cheese. I love egg and gargonzola together.
I ordered the Ravioli Tita Ruffo, filled with porcini mushrooms and coated in a very rich Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce, sprinkled with pine nuts and fresh tomato. A healthy dose of fresh-ground pepper, and this pasta was very comforting, incredibly filling, and pleasant. They serve pretty basic Italian food, with a surprising number of vegetarian options. Everyone enjoyed their meals though the menu nothing more exciting than you can get elsewhere in South Philly, or at one of the city’s great Italian BYOBs. But that’s not the point. You go to Victor for the amazing atmosphere (every wall surface is covered with photos and painting of opera singers and the tin ceiling is beautiful) and the song.