Paesano’s Menu

In today’s Metro, The Bite focuses on some tiny new spots that are providing big bites.

The one that has Fries with that Shake most obsessed is Modo Mio’s new sandwich shop, Paesano’s who have graciously scanned the menu.

A little obsessed? [Fries with that Shake?]

On the first Wednesday of the month, The Bite typically looks at what bars and restaurants are opening in the next couple weeks — and today is no different. What is different, however, is the lack of big projects set to open. There is no Butcher & Singer or Del Frisco
Double Eagle to headline this week’s column. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of tasty new things to try.

Argan Moroccan Cuisine (132 S. 17th St., 215-873-6552) has opened and is serving Middle Eastern sandwiches from their subterranean hideaway in Center City. Build your own treat by choosing a meat — such as slow-cooked lamb, roasted chicken, Moroccan meatballs or smoked salmon — then add three vegetarian options. It’s all served up on a pita for $6.99, or try one of their vegetarian sandwiches and fresh salads.

Pagano’s Market (2001 Market St., 215-925-4700, www.paganosmarket.com) has replaced the Marathon Grill at the base of Commerce Square. In addition to six HDTV screens, Pagano’s is serving up a deli-like menu of breakfast bites, Italian sandwich specialties, wraps, calzones, and pizzas.

The folks from Modo Mio have opened a deli across the street from their extremely successful
Italian BYOB. Paesano’s (152 W. Girard Ave., 267-886-9556) is primarily a takeout place serving up delicious old school Italian sandwiches such as roast pork and something called the Arista, which consists of roasted suckling pig, broccoli rabe, Italian long hots and natural jus.

Manayunk’s Chabaa Thai is also branching out along Main Street with a small plates lounge and bar, Mango Moon (4161 Main St., mymangomoon.com). First announced more than a year ago, Dec. 19 will be the official grand opening.

And finally, West Philly’s Local 44 (4333 Spruce St., www.local44beerbar.com) may have slipped from its November opening, but the work continues with big new windows and a fresh coat of paint. If
the inspections go well, they’re still looking at a December opening for the all-draft beer bar.

Tiny spots, big bites [Metro Philadelphia]

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    had the arista and the potato arrosto today. a friend had the gustaio. gotdamn was it good! going back soon to try everything else on the menu.
    girard’s becoming a culinary destination.