The Queens Village location of Plenty Cafe continues to impress up with its modern take on a European style cafe, restaurant, and wine bar. Owners Damon and Anthony Mascieri have based the all day menu selections at their three cafe locations from their travels throughout Italy and France. The European style of Plenty Cafe offers guests where specialty coffee, hand crafted food and a full bar are all day.
Anthony and his brother, Damon are striving to make Plenty Cafe a neighborhood classic now adding homemade pastas to the menu at Queens Village. They’ve also added new salads to the menu at all locations for fresh flavors during for Spring and Summer. Today Plenty Café has locations in East Passyunk, Rittenhouse, and Queens Village. Their first cafe location was 1710 E. Passyunk Ave. The next location opened in the Rittenhouse neighborhood at 1602 Spruce St, and most recently at 705 South Street in East Passyunk.
Plenty Cafe specializes in handcrafted, quality food made with natural, organic and local ingredients. We started with a glass of rose from local Wayvine Vineyards from Chester County, PA which paired excellenty with the Baked Ricotta small plate with housemade ricotta, grapes, sea salt, and mint, grilled bread. The Baby Gem Salad is one of the new additions to the menu with grilled treviso, roasted grapes, orange, almonds, fresh herbs, and green goddess dressing.
Amongst Plenty Cafes menu selections are new larger seasonal plates including homemade pastas. We absolutely loved the Mint Agnolotti with braised lamb, favas, asparagus, house ricotta, Aleppo pepper, parmigianno-reggiano, and mint. They’re also serving up some classic Italian dishes like Spaghetti alla Chitarra “cacio e pepe” and Rigatoni with sausage and tomato ragu, shishito peppers, house ricotta, and fresh basil. For dinner options served after 5 pm, Plenty Cafe has added a Pork Milanese with local whey-brined pork, herb crust, grilled treviso, arugula, and lemon caper remoulade and Pan-Roasted Salmon with herbed fregula sarda, roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, red pepper purée, fennel and frisée salad.
Cocktails and coffee are everything at Plenty Cafe, showing off selections of spirits that can be found in Italy, France, Spain, and more. The bar program is nicely balanced between wine, beer and cocktails and they feature a wide selection of aperitivi and digestive. These classic aromatized wines and spirits are staples of cafe culture in Europe.
Some of these pleasant libations include Aperitivi varietals include the Campari from Italy which is made with bitters, orange peel, and Chinotto 7. This classic red bitter from Italy that helped define aperitif culture. There is also the Lillet from France which is made with orange and honey. This classic French aperitif is made from Bordeaux white varietals. Digestivi selections are served neat such as the vegetal Cynar and the juicy Luxardo Maraschino.
With plans of seasonal changes to their menu, Plenty Cafe will present new and heartier options, yet they will always continue to bring together coffee and cocktails. Plenty Cafe has the same amount of attention and focus on their coffee and cocktails. Their full service specialty coffee bar serves craft coffee beverages using an exclusive blend of beans from local roaster Square One Coffee Roasters. Plenty Cafe bakes most of their coffee bar treats and pastries in-house and offer various internationally inspired baked items and French pastries. Plenty Cafe provides delivery service through Caviar. They do not offer reservations at this time. However their Queens Village location offers additional seating outside and monthly Jazz Nights featuring a local bossanova band.