Sept. 28 is the target opening for Scarpetta, the polished Italian restaurant filling the former Smith & Wollensky space at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

So what is Scarpetta?

Meadow said Scarpetta aims for a "dinner party" vibe, with tables in the middle of the dining room socializing. But he acknowledged the space's million-dollar second-floor view of Rittenhouse Square; tables will line the front window for date-nighters.