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L’anima: Italian BYOB in South Philly from Melagrano duo


By Michael Klein
June 27, 2018

L’anima — “the soul” — is the third Italian BYOB restaurant for Rosemarie Tran and chef Gianluca Demontis, who own Center City’s Melograno and Bryn Mawr’s Fraschetta.

They’ve taken the never-before-occupied ground-floor space in Carpenter Square, at the corner of 17th and Carpenter Streets (215-595-2500).

Tran designed the interior, going with clear lines, fieldstone, and fluffy, whimsical light fixtures resembling sea anemones. Ribbon-cutting by the Goldenberg Group, the developers, will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.

L’anima’s theme is Roman seafood.

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