FE and I have had dinner at Stephen Starr’s “The Love” in Philly a few times since it opened. It seems that each time we’ve been there, there’s something else we want to try the next time so we make a reservation as soon as we get home. I guess that’s a good sign?
FE has enjoyed the ribs and the lobster pasta, which seems to be one of their most popular dishes. I don’t care for lobster but I tasted a bite and it was delicious! FE thinks this is because they use only claw meat which is more tender. I say who cares, it was great.
I’ve had the truffle gnudi and the scallops, both of which were tasty. The gnudi are very rich so you have to be in the mood for a heavier dish. The scallops were perfectly cooked and were served with a light, savory sauce.
However, the highlight for me was dessert. I’ve tried both the dirt cake and the cookie plate. The dirt cake is a bowl of chocolate mousse with crushed cookies and cherry gummies on top. The mousse was light and airy and the cookies gave it texture. The cookie plate was my favorite. It consisted of three cookies, donut holes, various candies, lemon curd, and caramel for dipping. I’m not a big fan of mixing my food but the lemon and caramel were terrific.
My biggest dilemma is which dessert to order next time! The Love is located at 18th and Sansom Streets in Center City Philadelphia. I highly recommend making a reservation. There is limited outdoor seating available.