Malvern’s Alba Expands, Adds Bar

Restaurant Alba has expanded its Malvern location, adding a bar to the corner property at King Street and Warren Avenue, directly  across from the Malvern train station.

The bar offers a new small plate menu and aims to be an after work spot, place for pre-dinner drinks and a lunch destination on Thursdays and Fridays.

Chef/owner Sean Weinberg and wife Kelly Weinberg will be serving Apertivo, a variety of complimentary bites weeknights between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The full service bar will specialize in Italian-inspired cocktails, Italian wine and craft beer. Alba has been serving Malvern for six years and was named one of the Fifty Best Restaurants by Philadelphia magazine.

Restaurant Alba [Official Site]

Say Cheese

Fresh Mozzarella at Garces Trading Co. | Midtown Lunch

We’re big fans of cheese over here at Foobooz and we’ve noticed an uptick in cheese related notes recently.

Midtown Lunch discovers that Garces Trading Co. makes super-fresh mozzarella to order that can then be topped from GTC’s house olive oil. [Midtown Lunch]

Restaurant Alba in West Chester just hosted an artisinal cheese dinner and West Chester Dish was there. [West Chester Dish]

Craig LaBan praised the hearty crop of ricotta cheese and dust of rosemary at Pizzeria Stella. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Quick Bites

Tandoori chicken pizza? That’s just one of the pies slated for the Tiffin backed pizzeria headed next door to the popular Girard Avenue establishment. [The Insider]

Meal Ticket has Ross Essner’s menus for The Blockley and Mary Oaks. Esnner was at Django before a recent stint at Taproom on 19th. You’ll find interesting options from lobster pierogies to garlic and rosemary scented slow roasted pork on the menu. [Meal Ticket]

If you like Pils style beers you’ll love Citizens Bank Park this summer. Victory Prima Pils, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils and Troegs Sunshine Pils are all on tap. [Beer Radar]

Bish Bish Cafe offers up pizzeria and Middle Eastern eats at 1740 Sansom Street. [Meal Ticket]

Fork’s Thien Ngo surfaced at Coquette about a month ago. Meal Ticket details some of the flavors he’s brought to the under $20 menu. [Meal Ticket]

Maia’s Main Line saga has taken another turn as Patrick Feury says he’s at Nectar full-time. [The Insider]

Restaurant Alba in Malvern is getting a liquor license. [Main Line Dine]

Dinner At Restaurant Alba

Farm To Philly has a special dinner at Restaurant Alba in Malvern.

The food at Restaurant Alba was very, very good. I just wish we were able to discern a little easier how much of the produce is locally sourced. Still, being able to get locally made cheese and a dessert made with locally grown apples is more than most restaurants around these parts will do!

Review: Restaurant Alba [Farm To Philly]
Restaurant Alba [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Expect huddling hipsters to descend on 18th and Callowhill awaiting brunch at the second Sabrina’s Cafe. Opening is about four weeks out. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney of Lolita/Grocery/Open House fame are considering an Indian restaurant. And not just for dinner but to own! [Food and Wine via TheIlladelph]

The paperwork is squared away for Tavern on Green to become Tom Peter’s second Monk’s. But don’t expect it to be just Monk’s when it opens, expect the name “to tie in the nearby Art Museum and avoid confusion with Monk’s on 16th Street.” [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

The Misconduct Tavern on Locust has re-opened. the new Misconduct will feature more plasma TVs and some interesting dishes from chef Christopher Lee. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

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