You can’t beat my family’s family dinner. Now that we’ve set the bar, there are a bunch of restaurants that have recently added a Sunday supper to their menu. I’m talking about the way Italian-Americans have been doing it for years. This I like. Now, if you were proper, you’d eat it around 2 or 3 in the afternoon then nap. Which, Amis will allow to happen. Not the nap part. Marc Vetri does an excellent job pulling together the 3 course, mid-day, feast. My grandmother didn’t boil eggs in her sauce but many do. Along with that tasty hard boiled you get two of the best meatballs I’ve ever had outside of my mother’s kitchen. You also get a sausage. All this lays on a fresh bed of spaghetti and sauce. For me the focus of the greatness resides in the center of the plate above. Something new and different (the egg) and something tried and true (the sausage). You see, I was always the sausage-over-meatball kid at our table, so to see the sausage as part of the Sunday meal brings me back. If you find yourself in Philly on a Sunday make a stop in. It’s well worth it.
The second reason for posting this today is because another contender in the “Beat-my-Sunday-Dinner” challenge will be tested this weekend. Red Gravy, a new Italian-American joint in Brooklyn, does a similar meal. Our first visit was on a Saturday night which obviously lacked a Sunday supper option. It will be hard to beat Vetri’s meatballs but Red Gravy’s sauce (Gravy vs Sauce debate benched for this post) is outstanding. Perhaps the best restaurant sauce I’ve ever had. Rightfully so I suppose as it’s their namesake. The excitement mounts for Sunday. Stay tuned to Instagram for the play by play.
412 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147