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Margherita Pizza / Ron Knerr


In years past, many of the best restaurants were found in free standing buildings or perhaps in converted homes. In the past twenty years, however, there has been a growth of suburban restaurants located in neighborhood shopping center strips that shouldn't be overlooked.  

Pizzerias, bagel shops, Mexican and Chinese fare were typical cuisine types in shopping centers; more recently finer casual dining can be found in these locations. In many cases, they are not obvious and mistakenly classified as the aforementioned more informal dining choices. If you have kept up with the Moveable Feast reviews, many of the spots we visited in “strip malls” are worthy for more upscale “date night” visits. Radice in the Shoppes at Village Square on Dekalb Pike in Blue Bell should be on your radar as a spot to try.

Radice (Italian to English translation “Roots,” pronounced ra-DEE-chay) has been in operation since 2000 and is owned by Toto Schiavone (Philadelphia Locust Street restaurant DiLullo Centro and Moonstruck (Fox Chase). A native of Calabrian area of Italy, Toto’s vast majority of dishes are prepared in a wood burning masonry oven.

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Lamb meatballs at the newly re-branded Bar Sera in Conshohocken by @lora_z84... mostly because they look absolutely delicious. 

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On a December evening we took advantage of the COVID outdoor seating area where we were able to enjoy outdoor dining in a patio area outfitted with a wood burning stove at the entrance, comforting portable gas heaters at each table and wind break curtains. 
Radice provides alcohol service offering cocktails, wine, and beer. We chose a Cosmo and a Margarita to start dinner. Menu offerings range from soups, salads, pizza, and pasta to entrees including Pork Chops, Beef Short Ribs, Veal, Cod and Bass.  Service was prompt and cordial, with drinks arriving quickly after ordering. The head waiter was quite active and his oversight of the waitstaff’s efficiency was a bit entertaining.  

Papazol was my choice for an appetizer, a delicious soup prepared with fava and borlotti beans, escarole, and pasta minestra. A bread basket with fresh Italian bread and Extra Virgin Olive Oil was served before dinner.  For dinner, we shared a Margherita Pizza and Lasagnetta, both dishes prepared in the wood fired oven.  The pizza was presented with a rustic crust, fresh Mozzarella, tomato, and basil. The Lasagnetta was served in a clay bowl and constructed of thin sheets of house made pasta layered with Bolognese sauce and cheese.  Both dishes were fantastic and won us over for a revisit.

One advantage of reduced entrée portions is that there is room left for dessert.   I chose the chocolate gelato and DW Sherri chose one of the Radice signature desserts, Pistachio Cannolis, which were constructed of a crispy thin pastry stuffed with a Limoncello infused ricotta filling.  Both desserts were great, but I recommend that visiting diners put the cannolis at the top of their list.

722 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422       
(610) 272-5700
Hrs: Tuesday- Saturday: 4:30pm to 9:00pm; Sundays from 4pm to 8pm

Ron Knerr is a 30+ year cooking hobbyist who has been a “foodie” before the term was popular.  His home arsenal includes a smoker, a sous vide immersion heater, a sausage stuffer, and several crockpots. Send comments and suggestions to:


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