Tria: An Escape without the Hike

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Tria: An Escape without the Hike

We all have those days when we need a break from campus, stretch our legs, and expand our palates. If you know me, I feel this way quite often…too often actually. But when I’m not willing to make the hike or pay the cab fare downtown, I don’t give up hope.

A low-lit, lounge-like atmosphere, Tria Wine Room—a mere few blocks away on 31st and Walnut—implores you to forget how horribly you did on that test or how much you’re dreading writing that paper. Whether you’re alone, on a date, or with friends, it seems to fill each niche nicely.

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Walk three blocks east for a truly delicious study break.

Walk into Tria and sink into another world, letting your stress melt away through great wine, a broad array of cheeses, and a myriad of other small plates and snacks. The light bites and hors d’oeuvres are where Tria shines. (The paninis and salads, while sounding tempting, just take up space in your stomach that should strictly be reserved for their stars.)

To start your meal, kick it off with a sumptuous offering from their daily cheese selection and accompany it with a glass of light yet bold wine. Choose from categories like clean, luscious, stinky, approachable, stoic, and racy, and have a field day.

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Amazing figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto.

In terms of small plates, you can’t come and pass up the poached black figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto, so don’t even think twice about not ordering them. In fact, I’d suggest two orders because you won’t be able to stop popping these chewy salty morsels once you start.

A meat lovers dream.

A meat lover’s dream!

Meat lovers will fawn over the meat board, a bountiful display of different cured meats accompanied by bread slices, garlic olive oil and thick, grainy mustard. Ranging from potent and fatty to meaty and rustic, there’s a little something for everyone.

Rich caramelized onion and feta bruschetta.

Rich caramelized onion and feta bruschetta.

Tria’s bruschetta is a must, particularly the iteration with caramelized onion and feta. Each toast point offers natural saltiness from the cheeses, which acts as the ideal backdrop for the nutty pesto and sweet onions.

And then there’s that truffled egg toast with fontina. Ugh, I dream about this one. A runny fried egg with remnants of truffle nestled atop a fluffy and airy square piece of toast is the definition of extravagance. Break the yolk, let it drench the toast with sun-colored goodness, and it will be magical.

So next time you’re in the need for an escape from campus, no need to head too far. Grab a glass of wine, a spot of cheese and some good small plates for a meal that will temporarily remove you from the chaos that is Penn.

Read more about Tria here.

-Hungree Girl

Images courtesy of Amanda Shulman.

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