- Neighborhood: Fairmount
- 640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-763-0920
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- Cuisine: Italian
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Meals Served: Dinner, Lunch
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
When Kevin Sbraga closed his Philadelphia restaurants, we lost — among other things — one of the best single dishes in the entire city: Fat Ham’s Nashville hot chicken. Yes, there still exists a Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall, and yes, it serves hot chicken, but true hot chicken within Philly’s boundaries? Nada (well, besides Bud & Marilyn’s good-but-not-as-good rendition).
Luckily for us, Sbraga’s bringing his fried bird and other southern spins back to the city for one night later this month.
On Friday, February 10, at 6:30pm, Marcus Samuelsson (of Red Rooster in Harlem) will be hitting Philly to hang out with the crew at Osteria, cook a collaborative dinner, and talk about his new book, the Red Rooster Cookbook.
And while it’s kind of a big deal every time a famous chef rolls through Philly hoping to get his hands dirty in one of our kitchens, Samuelsson is a bigger deal than most. He’s a great chef. The book is supposed to be very good (I haven’t seen it yet). And to have him in the kitchen with the Osteria team? That just sounds awesome.
Actually, I know it’s going to be awesome. Because I know what they’re going to be cooking that night. Want to see the menu?
Of course you do.
The rivalry between New York and Philadelphia as food cities has persisted for more than 150 years. Back in 1851, a bunch of New York foodies, thinking to dazzle their provincial cousins, invited a prestigious group of our local eaters to Manhattan for a dinner at Delmonico’s–the best restaurant the city had to offer. They told Lorenzo Delmonico to “astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast,” and that they didn’t care what it cost.
Unsurprisingly, the dinner was impressive, the Philadelphians were duly impressed, and the New Yorkers thought they’d won what would become America’s first cooking contest.
Until the Philadelphians invited the New Yorkers to come to THEIR house.