Huntingdon Valley welcomes a Tuscan BYO!
I’ll be honest, I do not get to Huntingdon Valley very often. It’s not very far from my home, but my car just isn’t “programmed” to go that way. Having grown up in Conshohocken, gone to school in the city and worked out to the west of King of Prussia for years, heading in that direction isn’t second nature to me. So, when someone told me that I HAD to get there and check it out, I blew it off, initially. Then I got another recommendation, and then another.
As I traveled down, or up, (I have no sense of direction), County Line Road, I thought to myself, “Why would anyone open a restaurant here.” It’s not an especially “exciting” area. Then I arrived at the even less exciting strip mall where Arugula is nestled at the end. All I can say is, “Thank god they opened here!”
Chef/Owner, Michael Buscio has an extensive background in cooking in Italian kitchens throughout the Philadelphia area including Radicchio Cafe in South Philadelphia and felt the need to bring authentic Tuscan cuisine to the burbs via Arugula. The space is quite large and has a private dining area, as well as, a beautiful outdoor patio set with heat lamps for cool evenings.
There is a lovely brick oven for the house specialty thin crust Tuscan style pizzas, which I plan to return to try soon! The remainder of the menu focuses on Italian specialties such as pastas, seafood, grilled fish and of course, arugula salad!
The Pasta was cooked perfectly! The seafood was so fresh and the sauce wonderfully zesty! They also filet branzino, which is flown in daily, table-side.
I could personally eat arugula every day, and in fact, I do! This salad was something special, even for me. The combination of this amazing cheese (the chef would not share the exact type…shhhh it’s a secret and like nothing I have ever tasted) and the pine nuts with the tart vinaigrette was addictive.
1051 County Line Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006