Serpico On Serpico: Some News On His Forthcoming Restaurant

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Hey, check it out! Some asshole New York writer made the long trek to the wilds of Philadelphia to check out the Peter Serpico/Chris Painter collaboration dinner at Il Pittore and get an interview with Serpico–in which he behaved like an asshole New Yorker.

If you can get past all the references to us being a bunch of dimwitted, white bread, big-box-restaurant-loving yokels with our mouths stuffed full of Buddakan potstickers, there’s actually some interesting stuff in there about what Serpico has planned for the new restaurant.

Read on…

Serpico’s Second Act [Bon Appetit]

  • 75 South

    It takes a special kind of smugness to dismiss the dining scene of the 5th biggest city as a bunch of big-box restaurants.

    • TemporaryPhiladelphian

      Just what is a ‘big-box’ restaurant anyway, and why is big necessarily bad? If a kitchen can execute a large number of covers well, it can execute a large number of covers well.

  • Alimentarian

    (1) Thank god there are no big box restaurants in New York.
    (2) David Chang has always described Momofuku etc. as “American food,” but now Serpico is doing it so Philadelphians don’t expect Buddakan and pot stickers? Come on.
    (3) Still can’t wait for this.

  • http://twitter.com/14thAndBroad 14thAndBroad

    It’s also nice to see someone at Bon Appetit do that while also spelling it “consumme”, rather than “consomme”. And just because a bunch of other bloggers/idiots spell it that way, is no excuse.

  • http://twitter.com/mazza313 Marian Reed

    many (transplanted to) new yorkers forget that while the city is f’ing cool, they are probably not….

  • Jason Sheehan

    Just to be clear here, I made a change in the first line because some people were apparently confused and thought I was calling Peter Serpico an asshole New Yorker. I wasn’t. I’m honestly excited to see what Serpico does here–though that Buddakan comment was a little distressing.

  • James

    Sorry Serpico, but there are enough great chefs in this town to not bother with some dbag who thinks we don’t know our Asian food, or that neighborhood restaurants are somehow unique in these parts.

    And how insecure and misinformed is this Matt Duckor dude? I like to think that his overbearing and plain wrong commentary would smell fishy to anyone but the hyper-insecure New Yorker obsessed with proving his or her New York-ness. Good to know that his latest piece on the “ethnic melting pot” where he lives involves ever-authentic Szechuan food at a Montreal-style deli, and the one before that involves raving about Great N.Y. Noodletown, an insipid, overrated tourist trap if there ever was one. I know this is the cliche Philly reaction, but I think we have every reason to say “F*** this guy.”

  • rk

    Starr must be pissed Serpico shat on Buddakan. lol. I’ve never hoped for failure before, but that interview made me think about it.

    Nah, I won’t. but it’s so wrong about philly that my confidence about this restaurant took a serious hit.

  • Pedro

    What the Hades do they mean by that “big box” crack? I seriously cannot think of one restaurant that fits that description…

  • Pelti

    I think the potstickers crack was more about breaking away from Asian food stereotypes, not a comment on Philly’s tastes. And trust me, the cliche’s of Buddakan aren’t limited to Philly; big New York Asian restaurants are often very theme-parky.

    The big box comment is just ludicrous. Philly is known for small restaurants, often BYOs, but this smug idiot seems to think we’re just another interchangeable middle american city.

  • g

    What condescending shitheads. If Serpico had bothered to even cast a glance at his South Street restaurant neighbors, he would have seen a plethora of fairly diverse cuisine.

  • TemporaryPhiladelphian

    Curiously the comments section for the article appears to have been wiped and disabled on Bon Appetwat.