Toward the end of the four-decade run of Portofino at 1227 Walnut St., Ralph Berarducci renovated the place top to bottom and turned it into Walnut Street Supper Club, offering live music from singing waiters along with Italian food in a supper club atmosphere.
Last month, Berarducci sold to Chinatown restaurateur Kim Hyunh, who has changed the name to Cibo Ristorante Italiano. No relationship to the wine bars at Philadelphia International Airport - or to any other Cibo. (Since cibo means "food," there are a gazillion Cibos out there, give or take a billion.)
The concept is the same, except new chef Antonio Cardillo's menu is Northern Italian, and it's now open for lunch Monday to Saturday in addition to dinner nightly.
Notice the premium pricing, as dinner entrees start at $19 for pasta. One exception is the Dover sole fileted tableside for $38, substantially less expensive than on the other side of Broad.
Much of the former service staff is there, though musical director Jeremiah Downes left to teach at Emory & Henry College in Virginia.
Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. daily.