Love Story Behind Couple's BYOB

A local couple's love of food led first to a love affair and now to the Main Line's newest BYOB.

“Food is at the center of everything...It nourishes and brings people together. It brought April and I together,” said Christian Gatti.

The chef and a former Philadelphia Daily News food editor along with his wife (also a chef), April Lisante, will open Avril (French for April), on August 5.

The restaurant is right across the street from the Bala Theatre in Bala Cynwyd, so you can catch dinner right before you pop in for an artsy flick. The cuisine will be Italian and French, featuring items like fresh-baked bread, wild mushroom barquette with sea scallops ($12) and seared duck breast with peach and endive tarte tatin ($22). 

You can dine at a banquet tables, the chef’s table for eight, or a romantic table for two. Or grab a seat outside if you're looking for an al fresco dining experience.

“Avril is a dream come true for us,” said Lisante. “We’ve worked so hard to get to this place in our lives and can’t wait to share it with our guest.”

The restaurant will be open for dinner Tuesday though Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lunch hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Avril will also be open Sundays for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beside brunch on Sunday, Avril will offer a family-style menu. Diner's can choose from three ($25), five ($34), or six ($40) course meals.

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