2016 was a big year in Philly’s restaurant community. We saw the openings of some of the best restaurants in the city–and a couple of the worst. We saw a continued revision of the city’s signature style–this kind of casual-local, over-educated, multiply-influenced neighborhood-level version of new New American that is unique to Philadelphia–and saw a kind of ennui settling into the heart of its cuisine. Fine dining took a few more body blows. Fast-casual continued to boom in a huge way. Our chefs expanded outside the bounds of the city and suburbs as Philly became a national force in cuisine, and we saw some big time national restaurateurs looking at Philly with hungry eyes and wondering what THEY could do here.
So yeah, it was an important year. A formative one. And Foobooz and Philadelphia magazine were there for all of it. This week, we’re looking back at some of the biggest names and biggest moments of the year gone by, and where better to begin than with the most important restaurants of the year?
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Yesterday, we told you that Tredici Enoteca had quietly launched a new lunch service on Monday. The menu was supposed to be a combination of favorites off the dinner board, plus a few little extras thrown together by the kitchen just for those who make it in early enough.
Come to find, that was both true and an understatement. Tredici basically put all of their greatest hits (the Israeli couscous salad, the spinach gnocchi, the fried goat cheese) on offer at lunchtime and then rounded things out with a whole new list of sandwiches. And since a copy of the new menu showed up in my inbox last night, now you can see for yourself.
Show me the menu
I was a pretty big fan of Tredici Enoteca when I reviewed it a few months back. And I continued to like the place even after the review was done (which is by no means a sure thing).
But one of the few things I never understood about the place was why it didn’t serve lunch. It just seemed like a lock–a natural thing for a place that already does small plates and snacks and half-pours of wine, in a neighborhood with dense foot traffic and plenty of hungry people. Yes, they added on a brunch service in April, but that’s not really the same thing, is it?
So imagine how happy I was when I got the news this morning that Tredici had (quietly) rolled out a daily lunch service on Monday, October 24.
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