8630 Germantown Ave.
Italian, Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy
Bocelli features Italian-American favorites mothers and school-aged children alike can agree on, though there is little as yet to recommend this BYO as a dining destination. The cooking is just not careful. Though the filling in the crabmeat ravioli is pulverized beyond recognition, its tomato cream sauce is subtle in all the right ways. Tagliatelle with shrimp and creamy pesto sauce is actually something closer to dried fettuccini, with a handful of bean-size crustaceans that usually adorn fried rice. Chicken cacciatore, sautéed with mushrooms, peppers and onions, swims in tomato sauce so watery it barely makes a stain on the accompanying spaghetti. The chicken Marsala, however, is one of the better ones we’ve met; the mushroom-studded sauce is rich. A decent cannoli, with a flaky shell and a cinnamon-spiked ricotta filling, is not the best for dessert, but it’ll do. Open Tue.-Thu., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9:30 p.m.
- Average entree $10 - $20
- Vegetarian options