One of the few eateries in Center City to offer food service until 1 am, Valanni can accommodate double the number of revelers since expanding into the neighboring town house in 2008. This hip lounge-restaurant has a chic, casual interior of exposed brick, polished black surfaces, purple velvet banquettes, and funky, undulating white walls. The decor, lively outdoor-seating scene, and long cocktail list sometimes obscure the excellent food, which include tasty tapas and ambitious cheese plates for those who can't commit to an entrée. Much of the late-night crew returns late morning for Sunday brunch and some of the chef's new twists on old favorites, like lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh berries and cheddar and pear omelets.
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