The Queen Village location (757 South Front St.) of very grand, very old-school, very closed Italian restaurant Frederick’s has a new tenant: The Village Belle, a Northern Mediterranean restaurant from chef-brothers Joey and Louis Campanaro. The brothers grew up in Philly — South Philly, to be precise — but Joey Campanaro has made his name as proprietor of Little Owl in New York; Louis Campanaro will be executive chef of Village Belle, which opens this Wednesday, October 27. What’s on the menu? Click through to find out.
Click on the menu below to enlarge it or download a pdf here.
The 2,000-square-foot space features, according to the PR blather, a “fully-restored, 100-year-old, 26-foot-long solid mahogany bar crafted by a Swedish ship builder” and multiple dining areas with capacity for up to 90 guests. Wine list will focus on Italian and Spanish selections and there will be specialty cocktails like a “ginger pear capiroska” (pear, ginger and vodka).
For those of you who follow the New York dining scene, you may recognize Little Owl’s gravy meatball sliders, which made a major splash a few years ago in Manhattan, on the bar menu. South Philly meatballs return to South Philly, via the Big Apple. Fascinating!
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Village Belle, 757 South Front Street, 215-551-2200, thevillagebelle.com