Tale of the Tape: Il Pittore

Chris Painter and Stephen Starr are finally opening Il Pittore, Painter’s long in the works modern Italian restaurant featuring the specialties of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Piedmont and Sicily. The original opening date was yesterday, but the opening  now takes place today.

Space

  • Il Pittore takes over Noble’s handsome space at 2025 Sansom Street.
  • The changes are mainly cosmetic.
  • Designed by Stokes Architecture.
  • Seating for 80.
  • A dining bar is the most dominant feature of the downstairs space.
    • Ideal for dining alone or for a casual dinner of pasta and wine.
    • Back wall decorated with dried pasta, tomato sauce and other staples.
  • Former bar is now a service bar.
  • More light is let in downstairs by using glass dividers.
  • Upstairs is white tablecloth dining and a somewhat more formal vibe.

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Chef Chris Painter

  • Started with Stephen Starr in 1999.
  • Opened Tangerine.
  • For the last three years Painter has been Starr’s Director of Menu Development.
  • Painter traveled throughout Italy in preparation for Il Pittore, drawing inspiration from the diverse array of towns, eateries and markets.

Food

  • Menu features the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Piedmont and Sicily.
  • Menu broken down into antipasti, pasta and mains.
  • All pastas are made in-house daily.
  • Menu highlights:
    • Ricotta with moscato poached pears, rosemary, and black pepper
    • Lightly Smoked Cod with saffron baccala, and calamari salad. A
    • Malloreddus with blue crab and uni crema,
    • Pappardelle with fall-spiced wild boar ragu, rosemary, and parmesan.
    • Black Bass with spinach, ruby red shrimp, and spicy soppressata
    • Suckling Pig with pear mostarda, roast baby carrots, and cavalo nero;
    • Bistecca for Two accompanied by salsa verde, Tuscan bean salad and chestnut honey glazed turnips.

Drink

  • Master Sommelier Laura Maniec consulted on Il Pittore’s Italian themed wine list.
  • 200-bottle wine list.
  • 18-20 wines by the glass.
  • Italian craft beers including Menabrea’s “Ambrata” and “Bionda” lagers.
  • Cocktails include Italian specialties:
    • Perol Sour
    • Negroni
  • Other cocktails will include:
  • ‘Godfather’ with Famous Grouse Scotch, Lazzaroni Amaretto
  • ‘Pennello’ with Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Dolin de Chambery Vermouth

Il Pittore
2025 Sansom St
215-391-4900

Open nightly for dinner.

  • rebecca

    “Long in the works?” Didn’t Noble just close in August?

    • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com Foobooz

      Rebecca, this is actually the third location for Il Pittore. It was initially slated for the former Ansill spot at 3rd and Bainbridge. Then it was going to go where Vedge is now going on Locust and now finally it will open on Sansom Street.

  • Pat

    The location’s a relatively new development, but the restaurant’s been in the works for over a year.