Itinerant Philly chef David Ansill is popping up at Amis this month to bring back highlights from his iconic restaurant Pif for one night only.
Craving some top-notch cured meats? You’re in luck: The pastrami from New York’s world-renowned Katz’s Delicatessen is spending a week on the menu at Amis starting on July 17th.
Earlier this month, the news broke that Lo Spiedo, Vetri Family’s outpost at the Navy Yard, would be no more, and a new concept would take its place.
Today, Bar Amis opens in the former Navy Yard gatehouse at 4503 South Broad Street under the leadership of Amis executive chef Brad Spence.
Lo Spiedo was always a solid enough concept for the Navy Yard. It was a back-to-the-basics approach by the Vetri Family culinary team, where a casual American menu centered itself around the kitchen’s custom-built spit and wood-fired grill. According to co-owner Jeff Benjamin, lunchtime was great for the restaurant — so was happy hour — which makes sense if you consider the 12,000-or-so employees working at the Navy Yard complex.
But when the Vetri higher-ups sat around the boardroom to brainstorm ways to grow its dinner crowd, Brad Spence (the chef-partner behind Amis) proposed a name/concept-change: Bar Amis.
Brigantessa has some fun stuff going on in the next week: A craft spirits night with Manatawny Still Works tomorrow and their monthly industry night, featuring Amis chef Brad Spence and Dock Street Brewery, on May 30th.
Vetri Family restaurants are spotlighting organic wineries, teaching classes, and hosting their chef friends for special events and pop-ups all month long.
So word went out this morning that Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and their Urban Outfitters partners were planning a second location for Amis–the successful, Roman-style Italian restaurant on 13th Street that was part of the package of restaurants that Vetri sold to Urban in 2015.
Unfortunately, it’s gonna be a little bit of a drive if you want to check it out because they’re opening it in Westport, Connecticut.
Three chefs are shaking things up this summer and rolling out new menus at their new spots.
Chris Ritter, who has most recently been at Westmont’s Keg and Kitchen after stints at Grubhouse and Brauhaus Schmitz is back in South Philly manning the burners at Tap Room on 19th. Ritter has already made changes to the menu including the pictured Japanese Fried Chicken sandwich and Lucifer burger with 1732 Meats garlic bacon and Lucifer spice pickles.
Sure, we argue a lot over who has the best cheesesteak, the best pizza or the best cheeseburger in Philly. One argument we’re not having nearly enough? Who has the best meatballs. Because seriously, once we started looking into it, we realized what a ball-shaped bounty exists in this city.
Here, then, are the best of the best. Philadelphia’s best meatballs, in several different categories. Dig in.
Aldine and Saint Benjamin’s Brewing are teaming up for 2016’s first Industry Night at Amis. Tonight, Monday, January 4th, Aldine’s George Sabatino will be serving up tasty bites while Saint Benjamin’s pours discounted beers.
The event kicks off at 10 p.m., bring proof of hospitality employment as admission.