Lo Spiedo Reviewed

Murals by "Distort," the same artist who did the much more wild artwork at Alla Spina.

Adam Erace has a new favorite Vetri restaurant and it’s Lo Spiedo. The newly opened restaurant at the southern end of Broad Street impresses the City Paper critic with its cocktails, its burger and its pasta. Surprisingly, he isn’t in love with the entrees that come off Lo Spiedo’s namesake spit but he has does have praise for other dishes coming off chef Scott Calhoun’s wood-fired grill.

Scott Calhoun is a stud that deserves as much of the credit as his mentor. I couldn’t quit the Lancaster native’s smoky spit-roasted cabbage in a crock of Gorgonzola fonduta, or the sponge of cornbread soaked in rotisserie drippings. Al dente rigatoni tossed with spit-roasted tomato sauce and ricotta salata had such depth of flavor, I barely believed him when he told me it was vegetarian.

 

Vetri’s latest, Lo Spiedo is firing on all cylinders at the Navy Yard [City Paper]
Lo Spiedo [Foobooz]

Aldine Offering Three NYE Options

Photo by Emily Teel

Photo by Emily Teel

George Sabatino’s Aldine is offering three tasting menus on New Year’s Eve. The first seating at 5:30 p.m. is three-courses and $55 per person. The second seating is at 7:30 p.m. and features a special four-course tasting menu for $75 per person. The final seating is at 9:30 p.m. and includes the $100 per person dinner will feature five-courses of primo ingredients like uni, foie gras and lobster.  A Champagne toast will also happen at midnight.

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One Liberty Place Getting Observation Deck and Restaurant

Liberty PLACE-JEFF-FUSCO-400One Liberty Place is getting an observation deck and that’s just part of the story. In a big presser yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Montparnasse 56 Group (M 56) would operate the observation deck on the 57th floor of Philadelphia’s second tallest building (until Comcast’s Innovation and Technology Center opens in 2017). What wasn’t widely reported but was picked up by HughE Dillon, is that in addition to the cafe at the observation deck level, a restaurant will go in on the 58th floor.

The restaurant will open after the observation deck debuts in the summer of 2015 but it will eclipse Two Liberty Place’s R2L as the highest restaurant in the city. At least until the Four Season’s restaurant debuts in the new Comcast tower.

No details on what kind of restaurant it would be and who would run it.

Details of the New Observation Tower at Liberty One – Press Conference with the Principles, views, cafe news and more [Philly Chit Chat]

Meritage Names New Chef, Rolls Out New Menu

meritage-beets-400Meritage at 20th and Lombard has named Paul Gauthier as its new executive chef. Gauthier, who is a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute replaces Anne Coll (who is going to be running the kitchen at Susanna Foo’s new Center City restaurant) who was the longtime Meritage chef and her successor, Adam Ratmoko.

In a adjective rich release, Meritage promises Gauthier will bring “seasonally inspired cuisine prepared with a modern French technique” to the restaurant.

The menu no longer has any hits of Asian influence but now offers standards like Beef Bourguignon, Bolognese and seared salmon.

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Hop Sing Laundromat is Throwing a Sneakers Party

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year's Eve.

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Eve, Hop Sing Laundromat is loosening its legendary dress code for one night only. From 10 p.m. till closing,  is waiving his must-wear-shoes policy and offering guests the chance to wear sneakers.

Lê tells us, guests have asked for the opportunity to break one of the rules and he feels that there’s no better night than the night everyone else is getting dressed up and paying a premium for just about everything.

Hop Sing opens at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and the dress code will be in effect till 10 p.m. As always, there is no cover at the Chinatown bar. Hop Sing will also be closed from Tuesday, December 23 to Thursday, December 25.

Hop Sing Laundromat [Foobooz]

Tonight: Fishtown Taco Exchange At Sancho Pistola’s

fishtown-taco-exchange-sancho-pistolas-4009If you’re out late in Fishtown tonight, we have the perfect thing for you: The Fishtown Taco Exchange.

Starting at 10pm, chef Tim Spinner from all the various Felizes around town (La Calaca, Taqueria, et cetera) will be in the kitchen at Sancho Pistola’s alongside chef Adan Trinidad, knocking out collaborative duck tacos three ways.

So if tacos, cold beers and shots of mezcal sound like a perfect way to keep warm on a cold night in Fishtown, now you know where to go.

Sancho Pistola’s [f8b8z]

50 Best Restaurants Poll: Volver

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This week, we’re running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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Drexel’s Philly Chef Conference Has Something for Everyone

philly chef conference drexelDrexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is putting on its second Philly Chef Conference on Sunday, January 11th and Monday, January 12th. Though Monday’s sessions are for Philadelphia hospitality professionals, Sunday’s sessions have something for the general public as well.

For just $20, the public is invited to attend Sunday’s opening sessions. There are two panels and a keynote address by acclaimed baker and teacher, Peter Reinhart. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium at 3201 Market Street.

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Celebrating 5 Years at Zama

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For one night only, and in celebration of the Rittenhouse sushi bar’s 5th anniversary, Zama will be doing a 5-course tasting menu (which, counting dessert, is really 6 courses, and 7 counting the intermezzo) on Friday, December 19. It’ll run you $55 per person, and the menu? It look more than a little bit awesome.

Check it out below.

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